The Biden administration is struggling to keep track of the $20 billion sent to Ukraine as military aid. This is after the Republicans have warned that once they gain control of the House in January, they will be looking to audit these records.
Kevin McCarthy, who is currently the most likely candidate to win the House Speaker position, has said that the GOP would not be providing a “blank check” to Ukraine in order for them to stop the Russian invasion. If an audit does take place, it will be used to determine the amount of U.S. aid that has fallen into the wrong hands. Previously the Biden administration had only kept track of and inspected a part of the aid that had been provided to Ukraine.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., has announced that they would “hold our government accountable” for Ukraine spending. This is a message that many other Representatives appear to agree with.
Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., told the Washington Post that it was the right of taxpayers to know exactly where the spending was going. He also added that in every war there is a possibility that resources will be misallocated.
Lawmakers are currently in agreement that the Biden administration has been inadequately tracking the funding sent to Ukraine, with only 10% of the 22,000 weapons the U.S. has sent Ukraine being inspected.
U.S. allies in Europe have noted that they hope these audits will not result in the U.S. cutting the funding it has been sending Ukraine.