Republican Congressman & Senator push back against move to send US arms to Ukraine
Gosar, an immigration hardliner, was one of 57 GOP lawmakers to vote against a $40 billion economic and military aid bill for Ukraine on Tuesday. While a number of Republicans have been vocal in their opposition to fueling a “proxy war” in Ukraine, the GOP has spoken against these critics, with conservative talk show host Mark Levin on Wednesday referring to the anti-war contingent of the party as “ Putin a**-kissers.”
“Calling us names is not a logical position,” Gosar said, stating: “I have no principle to follow but the path of peace and non-intervention. My grown children have known nothing except American war and intervention for naught.”
“Ukraine is not our ally,” he continued. “Russia is not our enemy. We need to address our crippling debt, inflation and immigration problems. None of this is Putin’s fault.”
Despite the opposition of Gosar and his allies, the $40 billion funding bill passed by 368 votes to 57. It is expected to pass the Senate by next week at the latest, with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) saying the upper chamber “Will move swiftly” to get it to Biden’s desk.
But Senator Rand Paul (Republican-Kentucky) is blocking a quick vote to approve the funding bill and likely delaying passage to at least next week. He noted that the latest package would bring total US aid to Ukraine to $60 billion since the conflict began in February
The senator argued that the US would be funding Ukraine’s effort with borrowed money, adding to America’s $30 trillion debt and worsening its inflation crisis. “Americans are feeling the pain, and Congress seems intent on only adding to that pain by shoving more money out the door as fast as they can,” Paul said.
Biden has sent nearly $4 billion worth of weapons and ammunition to Kiev, and revived a World War II-era act allowing a limitless supply of arms to be shipped to Ukraine on credit.