Pentagon Comptroller Micheal McCord sent a letter to congressional leaders regarding funds to supply Ukraine with weapons. According to the letter, more money will be necessary.
McCord’s letter to congressional leaders comes a few days after a stopgap was passed to avoid a government shutdown. This stopgap did not include funding that was initially slated for Ukraine.
In the letter, the Pentagon Comptroller points out that only $1.6 billion remains of the $25.9 billion that Congress initially provided to replenish US military supplies.
A concern for many people opposed to giving future funding to Ukraine is how the funding affects American troops and citizens. It has been evident in recent months that Ukraine funding has become paramount while American funding has slowed.
An example of this was the recent fire destruction in Maui. The United States offered funding to Ukraine but very little in the way of financing to Maui residents needing emergency assistance.
In addition to a lack of emergency funding for crisis victims, Ukraine has also received funds before America’s military.
Regarding American military funding, McCord said, “We have already been forced to slow down the replenishment of our own forces to hedge against an uncertain funding future. Failure to replenish our military services on a timely basis could harm our military’s readiness.”
This statement focuses on something concerning many in the GOP. If America continues to fund Ukraine, when and how will America support its own military?
With looming issues worldwide and rumors of American soldiers eventually fighting in Ukraine, the question and the concern are valid.