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 September 29, 2023

Republicans help pass $300 million Ukraine aid package

A growing number of Americans are sick and tired of the United States, under President Joe Biden, sending billions of dollars to Ukraine while so many struggle in so many different ways here at home. 

According to The Hill, House members must not have received that message or simply do not care, as they recently -- and overwhelmingly -- approved a new $300 million aid package to the wartorn nation.

The aid package was originally part of a Defense spending bill but some Republicans stood in strong opposition to passing the bill in its original form.

The Hill noted:

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters last week that he would remove the $300 million from the defense bill and hold a separate vote on the funding after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) joined a band of conservatives in sinking a procedural vote to advance the Pentagon measure.

However, the Ukraine aid package was not carved out as McCarthy promised, which ultimately led to the House passing a combined rule "for the two measures and two other appropriations bills."

The situation took another turn Wednesday night.

The Hill noted:

But late Wednesday night, amid uncertainty over whether the legislation had enough support to pass, the House Rules Committee convened a last-minute hearing to strip the $300 billion from the Pentagon bill and hold a separate vote on the funding.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took credit for making the final push to have the $300 million aid package removed from the Defense appropriations bill.

She posted a celebratory message on X after the dramatic showdown.

"For weeks, I’ve been calling for taxpayer funding to Ukraine to be pulled out of OUR appropriations bills. On Tuesday, I protested on the steps of the Capitol. Tonight the House answered my call, we successfully voted to strip $300 million to Ukraine from the Defense Appropriations Act. This is a victory for the American people and for peace," Greene wrote.

For McCarthy's part, he's now in the middle of a high-stakes showdown regarding the upcoming potential government shutdown. Buzz is growing that depending on what happens, his leadership position is at stake.

Only time will tell what happens, but it's becoming increasingly clear that sending more taxpayer dollars to Ukraine is not what millions of Americans want at this point.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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