Three Republicans refuse to vote to ‘stand with Ukraine’

Three House Republicans voted against a bipartisan congressional resolution expressing support for Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty as the country continued to fight Russian troops that launched a full-scale military invasion last week.

The House Resolution 956, titled “Supporting the People of Ukraine,” was passed on Wednesday with an overwhelming 426 votes in favor and only three votes against.

The resolution stated the US “supports, unequivocally, Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “states unambiguously that it will never recognize or support any illegitimate Russian-controlled leader or government installed through the use of force”, reported Business Insider.

The Republicans who voted against the resolution included Paul Gosar of Arizona, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Matt Rosendale of Montana.

Soon after the resolution was passed, the three Republicans negatively led to an outcry on social media.

Representative Adam Kinzinger, who has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of his party, called out his Republican colleagues for their negative vote.

In a tweet the Congressman from Illinois said: “Paul Gosar, Rosendale, and Thomas Massie just voted NO in the house of reps on a resolution supporting the people of Ukraine. Unreal.”

The three Republicans were also called out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

“Last night, the president spoke of America standing with the wall of strength that is the Ukrainian people. Just now, three House Republicans voted NO on a resolution in support of Ukraine. Their names?

Paul Gosar, Matt Rosendale, Thomas Massie. Truly despicable behavior,” it said in a tweet.

While Mr Gosar and Massie released statements later explaining their decision to vote against the motion, no statement has yet been released by Mr Rosendale.

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Mr Gosar, who was called out last year for sharing an anime video that depicted fellow representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a monster, replied to Mr Kinzinger’s tweet and said: “Talk to me when our border is secure.”

Later he issued a separate statement on Twitter and said: “Congress takes an exclusive oath to defend the Constitution of the US, not Ukraine, NATO, globalist initiatives, or anything else.”

“AZ [Arizona], USA is the frontline of democracy. Congress must prioritize the strong national defense of our republic & exercise Constitutional restraint,” he added.

In a series of tweets, Mr Massie said that while he supports the people of Ukraine, he had chosen not to vote for the resolution as it “contains an open call ended for additional and immediate ‘defensive security assistance’. This term is so broad that it could include American boots on the ground,” he said.

He added that the resolution also called for economically isolating Russia which would affect low income US citizens who are reeling from inflation and could also make Russian president Vladimir Putin more “desperate” and incite him to take “drastic” measures.

“It calls for continuing support ‘as long as the Russian Federation continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty’. Depending on the definition of ‘violate’, this could be a US commitment to forever be actively engaged in a conflict with another nuclear country,” he added.

While Mr Rosendale did not issue a statement immediately, he said in a tweet on Monday that US citizens are tired of politicians putting the interests of foreign nations over theirs.

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“The American people are sick and tired of career politicians consistently putting the interests of foreign nations above our own, we must put America first,” he said.

On Tuesday, in his first State of the Union address to the Congress, President Joe Biden condemned Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as “premeditated and unprovoked”.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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