How Ukraine's crisis weakened US Congress
The Washington Post reported on how despite bipartisan support for Ukraine, the US Congress exhibited legislative inaction.
According to The Washington Post, despite full bipartisan backing for Kiev authorities, the US Congress displayed legislative inactivity on the Ukraine situation.
Last month, the US Congress was pushing Biden to impose harsher restrictions on Russia and ban Russian oil imports.
After the Pentagon rejected Poland's offer to deliver the Soviet-era MiGs to Ukraine, more than 40 Republican senators signed a letter urging Biden to reverse direction.
Additionally, the US refused to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, leaving Zelensky desperate in an appeal to Congress.
According to the Post, which cited interviews with more than a dozen US legislators, aides, and observers, the role of Congress has weakened, and "clashes of egos, partisan politicking," as well as specific Senate procedures, have stymied progress.
According to the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator James Risch, the stalemate is "the nature of the beast, unfortunately."
According to the Post, upcoming elections could complicate things further.
It is noteworthy that the US has handed Ukraine over $13.6 billion in aid since the start of the war.