Many House Republicans side with Dems and vote for massive Ukrainian spending package as Americans suffer at home
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Republicans in the House of Representatives overwhelmingly joined Democrats in voting for an additional $40 billion in aid to Ukraine on Tuesday with only 57 conservatives opposing the move as Americans suffer at home under crushing inflation and oppressive leftist policies.
Critics slammed Republicans for supporting the bill given multiple crises that Americans are facing at home including a failing supply chain, soaring gas and food prices, shortages, the border, abortion, and other issues. The final vote was 368 to 57 with 149 Republicans voting in favor of the bill.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted the bill being passed when mothers can’t even find baby formula for their hungry children.
“Stop funding regime change & money laundering scams!” she declared in a passionate House floor speech. “The American ppl do not support paying for constant U.S. involvement in foreign affairs while our own gov fails our own country!”
No Democrats and only 57 Republicans voted against a spending package to send $40 billion — $40 BILLION — to Ukraine. More than even the massive amount Biden requested. https://t.co/dSi7ZnFHhY
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 11, 2022
70% of elected House Republicans in Washington DC voted to send $40,000,000,000 to Ukraine in the middle of record inflation, a border invasion, and a baby formula shortage in America.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 11, 2022
Amazing Speech: @RepMTG Blasts America Last Ukraine Spending Bill
“Stop funding regime change & money laundering scams!”
“The American ppl do not support paying for constant U.S. involvement in foreign affairs while our own gov fails our own country!”pic.twitter.com/IvDXJa2WEC
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 10, 2022
Full List Of Every Member Of Congress Who Voted Yes pic.twitter.com/dgGPX4mAsn
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 11, 2022
Human Events host Jack Posobiec railed against the vote by Republicans on social media.
“We have unlimited money for bombs and abortions but we can’t even prevent incursions or feed our own babies. What happened to our great country?” he asked, incredulous.
We have unlimited money for bombs and abortions but we can't even prevent incursions or feed our own babies. What happened to our great country?
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 11, 2022
“149 out of 211 House Republicans voted to send $40 Billion to Ukraine. 70% of elected the House GOP. The party of America First fiscal responsibility!” Posobiec sarcastically tweeted.
149 out of 211 House Republicans voted to send $40 Billion to Ukraine
70% of elected the House GOP
The party of America First fiscal responsibility!
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 11, 2022
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) was incensed over not even having enough time to read the bill that Republicans signed off on.
“Congress is jamming through ANOTHER massive spending bill that its members haven’t had time to read,” he railed.
Congress is jamming through ANOTHER massive spending bill that its members haven't had time to read.
More from Rep Roy: pic.twitter.com/WNFEXzAU02
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) May 10, 2022
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) opposed the bill and tweeted: “I’m voting against tonight’s reckless $40B Ukraine spending bill. Pelosi rushed the bill to the House floor without hearings or time for members to adequately review the bill. I oppose Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but we can’t help Ukraine by spending money we don’t have.”
I'm voting against tonight's reckless $40B Ukraine spending bill.
Pelosi rushed the bill to the House floor without hearings or time for members to adequately review the bill.
I oppose Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but we can't help Ukraine by spending money we don't have. pic.twitter.com/z2mgJkYN51
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 10, 2022
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) crowed over the passage of the massive aid package thanks to a lot of help from Republicans across the political aisle.
“Building on robust support already secured by Congress, this package will help Ukraine defend not only its nation but democracy for the world,” she asserted. “As Putin desperately accelerates his brutality in Ukraine, time is of the essence. This urgent package includes military aid, support for the Ukrainian economy, and humanitarian assistance for food security to address the worldwide hunger crisis stemming from Putin’s invasion.”
“With this aid package, America sends a resounding message to the world of our unwavering determination to stand with the courageous people of Ukraine until victory is won,” Pelosi bloviated.
She went on to praise the bill on Twitter saying that the package would build “on robust support already secured by Congress” and “help Ukraine defend not only its nation but democracy for the world.”
Tonight, the House proudly passed a monumental package of security, economic and humanitarian aid on a strong bipartisan vote.
Building on robust support already secured by Congress, this package will help Ukraine defend not only its nation but democracy for the world.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 11, 2022
As the bill moves to the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is vowing to “move swiftly” on the package but it is likely to face strong resistance there from conservatives.
Today, the House is set to vote on @POTUS's request for emergency funding for Ukraine
The Senate will move swiftly to pass emergency funding and send it to @POTUS's desk
This is essential to helping the Ukrainian people as they continue fighting back against Putin's aggression
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 10, 2022
The legislation includes $6 billion for security assistance which includes training, equipment, weapons, logistical support, supplies, and services for military and national security forces in Ukraine. It also includes $900 million for refugee support services such as housing, language classes, and trauma services for individuals fleeing Ukraine, according to The Hill.
Approximately $8.7 billion of the funds allotted in the legislation will go to the Economic Support Fund “to respond to emergent needs in Ukraine,” including budget support and countering human trafficking.
The package also allocates $4.365 billion to the US Agency for International Development for emergency food assistance given to individuals experiencing hunger due to the war.
Additionally, the legislation includes $8.7 billion to restock the US supply of equipment and allocates $11 billion to funding for the presidential drawdown authority.
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