Luna said she introduced the bill in response to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) ultimatum that if Russia is allowed to take Ukraine, American troops may be used to fight Russia in Eastern Europe. The idea that politicians should have to fight in the wars they advance is one rooted in the anti-war movements of the past as well as the sentiments of veterans. This is a sign that many Americans are tired of war and war profiteering.
In October, US President Joe Biden requested $105 billion in supplemental funding to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and US allies in the Asian Pacific, with $61.4 billion of that earmarked for Ukraine. That bill, including various versions of it, has since stalled in Congress, even as its price tag has ballooned to over $118 billion.
Florida Representative Anna Paulina Luna (R) has introduced a bill that would mandate members of Congress sign up for military service if they push for more aid to Ukraine.
Specifically, the bill as leaked says members of Congress would have to serve in active duty for at least six months.
"If a Member of Congress advocates for providing military support for Ukraine the Member:
1) shall enlist in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, or Coast Guard; and
2) shall be assigned for not fewer than 6 months to active duty in support of a contingency operation."
Called the Senators Can Help Underpin Military Engagement and Readiness, or SCHUMER, Act, Luna said she introduced the bill in response to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) ultimatum that if Russia is allowed to take Ukraine, American troops may be used to fight Russia in Eastern Europe.
"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 and a NATO ally in a few years. Americans won't like that," Schumer said earlier this month on American television.