February 20, 2024

12 GOPs Approve $60B for Ukraine After Vowing to Put U.S. First

This week, 17 Senate Republicans joined Democrats to approve sending Ukraine one other $60 billion. Twelve of these Republicans beforehand recommended they’d not assist ship Ukraine any extra American taxpayer cash till the United States’s border was safe from unlawful immigration.

On Thursday, Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Todd Young (R-IN) joined each Senate Democrat excluding Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to ship billions extra in taxpayer {dollars} to Ukraine.

The cash, if authorised by the House, will fund weapons and army coaching, amongst different issues, for Ukraine in its struggle with Russia.

Twelve of these Republicans who voted for the Ukraine funding, coupled with $14.1 billion for Israel in its struggle with Hamas, beforehand recommended to the media that they’d not support extra funding for Ukraine till America’s personal southern border was safe.”So so as for our nationwide safety pursuits to be served, we will need to have a four-prong method right here. Israel, the border, Ukraine, and Taiwan,” Capito said in December 2023, for instance, whereas Cassidy said, “We got to support our allies, but we got to secure our own border first and the Biden administration has not done so” the identical month.

Similarly, in December 2023, Ernst said ,”The situation isn’t Ukraine, and it’s not President Zelensky. It’s our personal nationwide safety at our southern border” and Collins called reforms on the southern border an “absolutely essential part” of any funding package deal that features extra money for Ukraine.

In December 2023, Cornyn, Grassley, Kennedy, Romney, Sullivan, Thune, and Wicker all gave statements to the media suggesting the southern border was a precedence for them forward of Ukraine:

“They want tens of billions of dollars to help our friends and allies overseas, but they’re not willing to do what’s necessary to prevent a potential crisis at the border. The Biden administration just does not seem to care,” Cornyn said.

“If there isn’t something reached in regard to our own border and we seem to have concern about the border of Israel and Gaza, Russia and Ukraine, we have to have the same consideration about our own border,” Grassley said.

“Now, the president sent us a national security bill and we said, OK, we’re going to do national security, but we’re not going to pass your bill until you close the border. And the president said, surely you’re not serious. And the Republicans in the Senate said, don’t call me Shirley and we are serious. We’re as serious as four heart attacks and a stroke,” Kennedy said.

“So, we want to solve that to secure the border. I just saw the President of the United States say that we’ve got to secure the border. He’s right. So, any effort that doesn’t do that will be rejected by Republicans,” Romney said.

“Republicans are not bluffing: There will be no agreement on further Ukraine aid without serious measures to secure America’s own border. Our border is priority number one,” Sullivan said.

“A lot of us Republicans are very eager to get Ukraine the aid it needs. But we cannot – we cannot – tend to our national security interests abroad while ignoring the national security crisis on our own doorstep,” Thune said.

“We needed to demonstrate that Republicans are not going to pass a supplemental appropriation bill unless it takes care of very important restrictions on the southern border,” Wicker said.

Young said final month concerning the southern border, “I don’t believe we should take this off the table… let’s get something consequential done for the American people” whereas in negotiations with different Senators.

McConnell, who has beforehand said that Ukraine is Republicans’ primary precedence, advised the media in November 2023 that “any serious supplemental legislation with a shot of passing the Senate in the coming weeks will have to take meaningful steps toward fixing the Biden administration’s border crisis.”

Likewise, Rounds was abundantly clear in November 2023 when he said that “Any bill with aid for Israel and Ukraine must include policy changes at our southern border.”

Already, American taxpayers have been pressured to ship at the least $113 billion to Ukraine of their struggle with Russia. The newest pool of cash, if authorised by the House and signed by President Joe Biden, would make sure that practically $200 billion will get into the fingers of Ukraine officers — a lot of which has gone unaccounted for.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.