Letter: Before sending more money to Ukraine, we should audit funds already sent

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Ukrainian National Guard patrol during a reconnaissance mission in a recently retaken village on the outskirts of Kharkiv, east Ukraine, Saturday, May 14, 2022.
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

To the Editor,

President Biden wants to send another $37 billion of taxpayers funds to Ukraine. This is on top of $68 billion previously sent. Why hasn’t our U.S. Government Accountability Office performed any audits of these funds? Taxpayers deserve to know that these dollars have been spent for their intended purpose. There should be a full accounting to confirm no waste, fraud or abuse has resulted in any misspent cash.

Remember all the billions that disappeared during our 20-year Afghanistan fiasco? When will our European NATO allies match us dollar for dollar in aid to Ukraine?

By the end of 2022, 2 million-plus illegal immigrants will have crossed our Southern Border for the second year in a row. Preserving our own national sovereignty is equally as important as Ukraine’s. The president and Congress should ensure that every additional billion sent to Ukraine is matched by allocating a billion more to secure our own border.

Larry Penner

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