February 13, 2024

Young Statement on National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after voting for the national security supplemental funding package:

“This legislation provides vital security assistance to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. We cannot abandon these allies and partners as they face existential threats.

“This bill also will help rebuild our defense industrial base, which has significantly diminished in recent years. Restoring our military readiness — from artillery to semiconductors — is critical not to promoting war but to deterring conflict.

“And the legislation takes steps to interrupt the illicit global drug trade and help disrupt the sale of fentanyl in our communities. 

“In the aftermath of the last two decades, the American people are understandably tired and reluctant to sacrifice. But we cannot ignore the cost of such divestment to our global leadership role. Abandoning our allies and partners will empower and embolden authoritarian powers such as China and Russia. Leadership comes with a price, but it also comes with rewards.”

The legislation passed the Senate 70-29.