LaMalfa supports Israel, U.S. border security, Taiwan/Pacific bills — opposes new unaccountable Ukraine spending

Yesterday, the House voted on and passed four separate foreign security supplemental bills that in total provide $95 billion in military aid to Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted in support of three of the four bills, H.R. 8034, the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, H.R. 8036, the Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, and H.R. 8038, the 21st Century Peace through Strength Act. H.R. 8034 appropriates $26 billion for equipment and munitions for Israel’s defense capabilities, military industrial base, and U.S. military operations in the region. H.R. 8036 includes $8 billion for a variety of defense and industrial base investments in the Indo-Pacific region, including naval capacity infrastructure and local munitions production. H.R. 8038 is a package of multiple bills, including legislation to require TikTok to be transferred from CCP control in order to still be used in the United States, repossess and transfer frozen Russian assets to pay for Ukraine aid, and a significant number of Iran divestment and sanction bills that were passed by the House earlier this week.

LaMalfa voted against H.R. 8035, the Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $61 billion for equipment and munitions for Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

The bill also provided more funds for refugee assistance, forces American taxpayers to directly pay for Ukrainian government’s budget, as well as the country’s nuclear power plant maintenance. These funds do not include significant accounting or cost controls as well as lack any of the accountability reforms that had been sought to ensure the funds are not stolen or used for corrupt purposes.

The House also voted on, and LaMalfa supported H.R. 3602, the End the Border Catastrophe Act, which was brought up separately as a suspension. Because H.R. 3602 was considered under suspension of the rules – a streamlined process that sidesteps the Rules Committee’s approval and amendment process but requires a two-thirds majority for passage – the bill failed to meet the two-thirds threshold by a vote of 215-199.

“Allowing the advancement of a new $61 billion to Ukraine while border security measures fail due to a higher two-thirds vote benchmark does not help our country,” LaMalfa said. “This vote could have been an opportunity to get our country the border security it desperately needs while upholding our strategic alliances. Instead, Americans are once again picking up the tab for Ukraine’s security, borrowing money to pay for their basic government operations and funding more refugees. How is it American taxpayers’ responsibility to pay for maintenance for Ukrainian power plants? That bill had no reforms and no new protections against waste and abuse that causes funds to be stolen through corruption. Unlike the Ukraine portion, the rest of the package was well put together and deserves support, including making sure our joint military defense project with Israel has the interceptors it needs.”