In a video statement, Rep. Roby called on Senate Democrats to abandon the "misguided" plan and move forward with the bi-partisan Ukraine assistance package passed by the House.
“It is absolutely senseless to strip funding from the U.S. Military and send it overseas to prop up the IMF," Rep. Roby said in video statement. "I agree that we must stand strong in support of the Ukrainian people, and that's why the House passed a simple, responsible package that uses funding already allocated for diplomatic purposes.
“Our military has already been cut to the bone. The additional cuts proposed by Senate Democrats would further inhibit our readiness and send the wrong message internationally.
“Now is a time for the United States to project strength in the world, not further erode our military capabilities. I urge Senate Democrats to abandon this misguided plan and work together with the House in a bi-partisan manner to provide responsible assistance to Ukraine.”
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a straightforward Ukrainian aid bill, H.R. 4152, that would provide loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government. The House bill does not appropriate new funds, but instead redirects existing funding within State Department accounts.
A separate Ukraine aid package passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday includes an additional provision taking $157.5 million from the Department of Defense to pay for reorganizing the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The House passed its Ukraine aid bill last Thursday by a vote of 385 to 23. Rep. Roby supported the aid package.