Rep. Luna Floats Bill to Send Ukraine Aid Backers to ‘Front Lines’

Florida Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna unveiled new legislation this week that would require members of Congress who support Ukraine military aid to serve on the “front lines” of the ongoing war. More than $75 billion has already been offered to Ukraine since Feb. 2022, with taxpayers potentially on the hook for another $60 billion as the Senate negotiates a bipartisan aid package.

The bill, first published by the Daily Mail, would “require Members of Congress who advocate for providing military support for Ukraine to enlist in the armed forces and to serve on active duty in support of a contingency operation.” Earlier in the week, Luna pledged to propose a bill to that effect in response to an interview by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on MSNBC.

“In honor of Chuck Schumer, I’ll be introducing a bill that will require any politician who advocates for sending American troops to Ukraine to be required to fight on the front lines with them,”

Schumer had suggested on an episode of ‘Morning Joe’ on Monday that if Congress did not approve aid to Ukraine, then Americans could end up deploying to defend the Eastern European nation.

“If we don’t aid Ukraine, Putin will walk all over Ukraine, we will lose the war, and we could be fighting in Eastern Europe in a NATO ally in a few years. Americans won’t like that,”

Luna, a U.S. Air Force veteran, entitled the bill the “Senators Can Help Underpin Military Engagement and Readiness Act” or the SCHUMER Act.

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If passed, the bill would require members to enlist in the U.S. military and deploy to Ukraine “not fewer than six months to active duty in support of a contingency operation.” Luna’s office has asked colleagues to sign the bill by February 12 if they wish to be original co-sponsors.

A growing number of House Republicans have begun to oppose foreign aid to Ukraine, with efforts to slash funding previously led by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

A December Pew Research poll also found declining support for Ukraine aid among Republican voters, with 48 percent of Republican-leaning Americans answering that Congress is spending “too much.” By contrast, 33 percent answered either “about right” or “not enough,” while 22 percent answered “not sure.”

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Luna’s proposal comes the same day that a massive $118 billion bipartisan “border security” bill was shot down in the Senate, leaving Congress to renegotiate the huge aid package. Despite being advertised as a border bill, the legislation allocated just $20 billion for securing the southern border. In comparison, $60 billion was offered in Ukraine aid, $14 billion for Israel, $9.2 billion in humanitarian assistance in Palestine, and $4.83 billion for Indo-Pacific nations.

The package had been negotiated for months before the vote, ultimately being defeated by a vote of 49-50. A total of 60 votes were required to pass.

Had the Senate passed the bill, it likely would have failed in the Republican-led House.

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