One Republican Senator Flips Stance on Ukraine Military Aid, Votes Against

Twenty-one Senate Republicans flipped their place on sending further assist to Ukraine, voting Thursday in favor of the $40 billion package deal and growing bipartisan assist for the measure. But a lone GOP senator from Alabama went the opposite method.

Senator Tommy Tuberville was amongst these voting towards the large humanitarian and army assist package deal, which was authorised by a 68-11 vote.

“I’m not against the why, I’m against the how we’re doing it,” Tuberville informed Fox News whereas talking about his vote. “I’m all for giving them, you know, money every month for a while. But when you take money like we’re doing, $40 billion, and just throwing it out there, how do you keep up with it?”

Party leaders had hoped to go the invoice final week, however Republican Senator Rand Paul single-handedly delayed the vote after elevating objections about international spending throughout a time of rising inflation. Paul was joined by 10 different GOP senators in voting no on Thursday.

Tuberville was the one senator who voted “no” after voting for the primary spherical of Ukrainian reduction, in March. The different 10 senators, together with Paul, have been constant in voting towards offering help to Ukraine.

The different 9 senators had been Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, John Boozman of Arkansas, Mike Braun of Indiana, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Lee of Utah, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Roger Marshall of Kansas.

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GOP Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama voted towards the $40 billion assist package deal for Ukraine on Thursday. Above, Tuberville speaks throughout a Senate Armed Services Committee listening to on March 25, 2021.
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While all of the senators who voted towards the help package deal had been Republicans, the pool of Republicans voting towards funding Ukrainian reduction has dwindled up to now two months.

When the Senate voted on a $1.5 trillion appropriations package deal—which included $13.6 billion in emergency assist to Ukraine—in March, many extra GOP senators voted no, in contrast with the vote on Thursday. Thirty-one had been opposed in March, almost thrice the 11 who had been towards the newest invoice.

The 21 senators who voted for the $40 billion package deal on Thursday are:

  1. Richard Burr of North Carolina
  2. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
  3. Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  4. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota
  5. Ted Cruz of Texas
  6. Steve Daines of Montana
  7. Deb Fischer of Nebraska
  8. John Hoeven of North Dakota
  9. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
  10. John Kennedy of Louisiana
  11. James Lankford of Oklahoma
  12. Jim Risch of Idaho
  13. Mitt Romney of Utah
  14. Mike Rounds of South Dakota
  15. Marco Rubio of Florida
  16. Ben Sasse of Nebraska
  17. Rick Scott of Florida
  18. Tim Scott of South Carolina
  19. Dan Sullivan of Arkansas
  20. Thom Tillis of North Carolina
  21. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

It was anticipated that there can be wider bipartisan assist this time round, on condition that quite a lot of senators, resembling Romney, had beforehand voiced assist for serving to Ukraine. But he stated he opposed the final invoice due to the “last-minute” nature of the measure.

“We have got to end the absurd process of jamming through last-minute, trillion-dollar, thousand-page spending bills without meaningful input from more than a handful of members,” Romney stated in a press release after the vote.

“Forcing us to swallow the bad to get the good is concerning, unsustainable, and no way to govern over the long-term,” the Utah Republican added. “While I strongly support providing Ukrainians desperately needed aid, I ultimately could not support the rest of this bloated spending bill for the aforementioned reasons.”

President Joe Biden is anticipated to shortly signal the measure into regulation. In a press release responding to the Senate’s passage of the invoice, Biden applauded Congress and thanked leaders from each events for “moving this bill quickly to ensure there is funding for these important needs.”

The measure will deliver complete U.S. spending on Ukraine to roughly $54 billion in simply over two months.

“We have provided a historic amount of security assistance to Ukraine to date, and my Administration will continue to expedite the delivery of additional weapons and equipment for which Congress has provided authority,” Biden stated in his assertion.

Update 5/19/22, 3:53 p.m. ET: This story was up to date with a remark from Senator Tommy Tuberville.

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