Senate Blocks $48 Billion Bill to Aid Small Businesses while on Same Day Passes $40 Billion Aid to Ukraine

Opponents of the small business aid package bill cited its “impact on the federal deficit and inflation.”

The U.S. Senate blocked a $48 billion aid package last Thursday to assist small businesses affected by the pandemic. This aid package was intended to provide monetary relief for restaurants, gyms, live entertainment venues, and other small businesses decimated the hardest by the lockdown mandates.

Adversaries of the bill to provide aid to struggling and indebted American small cited “its impact on the federal deficit and inflation.”

While this would be a fair argument, on that same day, the Senate, by a tally of 86-11, voted in favor of a massive $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) created a brief delay due to an objection where he demanded that verbiage be added to the bill for the Inspector General to clarify exactly how the funds would be spent.

Only 11 Republican senators voted against the $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.

  • Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee)
  • John Boozman (Arkansas)
  • Mike Braun (Indiana)
  • Mike Crapo (Idaho)
  • Bill Hagerty (Tennessee)
  • Josh Hawley (Montana)
  • Mike Lee (Utah)
  • Elaine Lummis (Wyoming)
  • Roger Marshall (Kansas)
  • Rand Paul (Kentucky)
  • Tommy Tuberville (Alabama)

America Last Policies

Arguing that supporting small businesses in the United States has a negative impact on inflation and the federal deficit, while at the same time supporting aid to Ukraine, is the height of fiscal irresponsibility.

After all, the money that is being spent to support Ukraine will be funded by U.S. taxpayers. If their argument were factual, doesn’t Ukraine’s aid package have the same negative impact on the federal deficit and inflation?

Within this administration, the U.S. always comes last. Finding $40 billion to fund Ukraine’s war while denying small businesses financial support to assist in their survival is a brutal slap to the face of U.S. taxpayers.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.