Newly empowered U.S. Republican lawmakers set to take leadership roles in the House of Representatives in January promised Sunday that Congress would continue to support Ukraine militarily in its nine-month fight against Russia but said there would be more scrutiny of the aid before it is shipped to Kyiv’s forces.
Congressmen Michael McCaul of Texas and Mike Turner of Ohio, likely key officials overseeing new Ukraine aid packages, told ABC’s “This Week” show there would be continued bipartisan Republican and Democratic support for Ukraine as Republicans assume a narrow House majority, even though some opposition from both parties has emerged.
Turner, likely the new chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee, said, “We’re going to make sure they get what they need. We will have bipartisan support.”
McCaul, the likely head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “If we give them what they need, they win.”
But McCaul said there would be a difference in considering Ukraine aid from the outgoing Democratic control of the House when Republicans take over.
“The fact is, we are going to provide more oversight, transparency and accountability,” he said. “We’re not going to write a blank check.” [Continue reading…]