Outspoken GOP representative Marjorie Taylor on Sunday reiterated her opposition to further aid to Ukraine and called for a review of funds granted to date.
Greene had previously made it clear in public statements that she would support ending military aid to Ukraine should the Republicans win a solid midterm election. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed her sentiment, stating that funding would be halted under Republican leadership. In statements reported by Axios, the Georgia congresswoman said money should be withheld to resolve domestic issues, particularly citing the southern border.
“Among Republicans, not a penny will go to Ukraine,” Greene said at a Trump rally in Iowa in early November. “Our country comes first. The only limit [Democrats] What is important is Ukraine, not America’s southern border. They don’t care about our border or our people.”
Before the midterms, Republicans like Greene expected big gains in the Senate and House of Representatives. Now that the Democrats retain control of the Senate and the GOP looks at best to a razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives, it remains to be seen what Republicans can achieve in Washington’s new landscape. Despite this uncertainty, Greene reiterated her continued review of Ukrainian aid in a Sunday morning tweet.
“I want an audit of where every single cent went to Ukraine,” Greene wrote. “Everyone agrees with that, right?”
news week contacted Rep. McCarthy’s office for comment.
As of Sunday night, Republicans have won 212 House seats and won seven, while Democrats have won 203 and lost eight. A total of 218 is required to claim the majority of the house, with most outlets and models predicting the GOP will eventually prevail, but by a slim margin of 1-3 seats. MSNBC is forecasting a final total of 219-216 in favor of the GOP, although with a margin of error of 4 places meaning anything is still possible.
Despite a majority, political analysts have noted that such a slim majority could present a plethora of problems, given that a handful of lawmakers are typically absent from a House session. With just a few members missing, House Republicans may be unable to do anything. As has been shown in the 50/50 Senate over the past two years, such a split would give significant influence to even a small number of MPs whose stance differed from that of the main body.
With House prospects looking minimal, doubts are growing as to whether McCarthy will be able to win the position of Speaker of the House when the leadership votes are held. Pressing on the issue, current Speaker Nancy Pelosi doubted her Republican counterpart could get the votes needed.
“Why should I pass judgment on something that may or may never happen?” Pelosi said during a Sunday appearance on CNN. “No, I don’t think he has. But it’s up to his own people to make a decision about how they want to be run or not.”
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