Sen. Hawley calls for ‘tough, tenacious’ inspector general to oversee Ukraine aid

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The Senate is expected to vote this week on an amendment from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mis., to create a Senate-approved watchdog over billions of dollars the United States has sent to Ukraine, as senators work their way toward an expected repeal. From the Iraq War passes for the years 1991 and 2002.

The right person for the job would be “tough and grounded,” Hawley told Fox News Digital Monday night, and said the ideal candidate would be similar to John Sopko, the current candidate. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan.

“He’s done a great job — he probably would like to do the job. I mean, he really knows how to do it. And that’s over,” Hawley said, referring to Sopko’s work in Afghanistan. “Maybe he would like to move to Ukraine. I think that would probably be my first choice, but someone like him, who was tough, independent and independent.”

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U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley spoke to Fox News Digital on Monday about an amendment being voted on in this week's AUMF proceedings.

US Senator Josh Hawley spoke to Fox News Digital on Monday about an amendment being voted on in this week’s AUMF proceedings. (Getty Images)

The Hawley Amendment gets a vote as part of the Senate’s bid to overturn Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), joint resolutions by Congress to allow the president to direct military assets under certain circumstances. The AUMF of 1991 was passed after Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the second authorized the US invasion of Iraq in 2002.

An amendment needs at least 60 votes to pass, which means Hawley would need several Democrats to cross the aisle and vote for him.

Asked about his argument to his left-wing colleagues, Hawley said, “We’ve spent $113 billion on Ukraine. It’s now the largest recipient of US foreign aid. We need one oversight body that’s fully responsible for everything we have. How it’s spent and how it’s used.” It’s very simple.”

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Ukraine’s military’s Grad multiple rocket launcher fires missiles at Russian front-line positions near Pakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Thursday, November 24, 2022. The United States has spent more than $100 billion to help Ukraine (AP Photo/LIBKOS, file)

“You don’t spread this out to many agencies, there are no clear reporting requirements. Let’s give the public a report on how taxpayer money is being spent,” Hawley said.

Senate Republicans are divided on its support for continuing to help Ukraine counter Russian invasionHawley himself strongly opposes it. But he said that even colleagues who did not share his opinion supported his proposal.

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Hawley said “I’ve spoken to all the members about this. I’ve brought this up at our regular party meetings. We’ve discussed what this amendment would do and made a strong case for it.” “Nobody said ‘Oh, no, I’m against this.’” Several people who are staunch supporters of aid to Ukraine said “Yeah, I think that makes sense.”

If passed, the amendment would require the president to appoint him and the Senate to confirm an inspector general to oversee funds for aid to Ukraine. fight russia. It would also authorize this watchdog to submit quarterly reports to Congress on dollars and military equipment sent abroad, as well as Kiev’s compliance with anti-corruption standards.

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“It’s very difficult to say there shouldn’t be strong oversight, which this amendment does, so I hope this isn’t controversial,” Hawley said.

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