America’s appetite for pouring cash into Ukraine appears to be waning, as seen in the response to the House of Representatives passing a nearly $40 billion bill in support of Ukraine in its war with Russia.
The bill includes military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and passed in a 368 to 57 vote. No Democrats opposed the bill that exceeded the $33 billion President Biden initially requested from the chamber.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., credit for the bill’s passage in a tweet, although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., certainly did his part to build momentum.
“I think we all agree the most important thing going on in the world right now is the war in Ukraine,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. “I had a chance to call the president last week and request that the Ukraine package move by itself and quickly.”
The 57 Republican lawmakers who voted no on the measure can be seen below:
Full List Of The 57 Republicans That Voted Against The Democrats America Last $40 Billion Foreign Aid Package For Ukraine pic.twitter.com/tkvybRqpqQ
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 11, 2022
Chief among the voices crying out against what is seen as fiscal irresponsibility was U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, who took to the House floor to denounce not only the bill but the corrupt process — in his eyes — in which it was passed.
“The gall of members of Congress lecturing us when jamming through a $40BB Ukraine funding bill with untold slush funding, with no actual debate, no amendments, no opening of American oil & gas, and 4 hours to read before beginning to vote…,” he tweeted, in sharing that footage:
The gall of members of Congress lecturing us when jamming through a $40BB Ukraine funding bill with untold slush funding, with no actual debate, no amendments, no opening of American oil & gas, and 4 hours to read before beginning to vote… https://t.co/oUSlf84Q3L
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) May 11, 2022
Glenn Greenwald put the growing opposition into perspective Tuesday in a piece published on Substack.
“One can believe that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is profoundly unjust and has produced horrific outcomes while still questioning what legitimate interests the U.S. has in participating in this war to this extent,” he wrote. “Even if one fervently believes that helping Ukrainians fight Russia is a moral good, surely the U.S. government should be prioritizing the ability of its own citizens to live above the poverty line, have health insurance, send their kids to college, and buy insulin and baby formula.
“There are always horrific wars raging, typically with a clear aggressor, but that does not mean that the U.S. can or should assume responsibility for the war absent its own vital interests and the interests of its citizens being directly at stake,” he added.
Here’s a sampling of the responses to the $40 billion aid package from Twitter:
You can’t find baby formula in the United States right now but Congress is voting today to send $40 billion to Ukraine. Let’s put America First for a change.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 10, 2022
In the America LAST $40 BILLION Ukraine FIRST bill that we are voting on tonight, there is authorization for funds to be given to the CIA for who knows what and who knows how much?
But NO BABY FORMULA for American mothers! pic.twitter.com/Fmdb7yKiLV
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) May 10, 2022
You can support Ukraine without adding another $40 BILLION to our National Debt in the middle of multiple crises at home.
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) May 10, 2022
The U.S. government spends $40 Billion of your money on Ukraine and nobody bats an eye.
Elon Musk spends $40 Billion of his own money to restore Free Speech on Twitter and everyone loses their minds.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) 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!
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 11, 2022
Americans can’t afford groceries or gas and have dwindling access to baby formula, but the ruling class is sending another $40 billion to Ukraine.
These sadists not only don’t give a crap about you – they WANT you to suffer.
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) May 10, 2022
40 billion for Ukraine is a turning point in America. No more pretenses. The people in charge are criminals.
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) May 11, 2022
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