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Full list of Republicans who voted against military aid to Ukraine

On Tuesday, 26 Republican senators voted 70-29 against a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The bill was supported by 22 Republican senators and nearly all Democrats in the Senate, although three Democratic-allied senators voted against it. An earlier procedural vote passed 66-33, with 31 Republican senators opposed, meaning five switched to support the bill in the final vote.

The 66-33 margin for Monday’s procedural vote exceeded the required number of 60 senators to overcome a filibuster by Republican Rand Paul, one of several GOP critics, limiting debate to another 30 hours before the final one Voting could take place.

After the procedural vote, House Speaker Mike Johnson released a statement expressing strong skepticism, saying the legislation was “silent on the most pressing issue facing our country” and focused on the illegal Immigration involves crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Democratic or Democratic-elect senators who voted against the bill were Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Bernie Sanders and Peter Welsh of Vermont. Both Merkley and Sanders said they opposed additional military aid to Israel.

The 26 Republican senators who voted against the bill were:

  • Barrasso (WY)
  • Blackburn (TN)
  • Brown (IN)
  • Britt (AL)
  • Budd (NC)
  • Cotton (AR)
  • Cruz (TX)
  • Daines (MT)
  • Fisherman (NE)
  • Graham (SC)
  • Hagerty (TN)
  • Hawley (MO)
  • Hyde Smith (MS)
  • Johnson (WI)
  • Lankford (OK)
  • Lee (UT)
  • Marshall (KS)
  • Mullin (OK)
  • Paul (KY)
  • Ricketts (NE)
  • Rubio (FL)
  • Schmitt (MO)
  • Scott (FL)
  • Scott (SC)
  • Tuberville (AL)
  • Vance (OH)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday’s procedural vote “proved beyond a doubt that there is strong support within the chamber to advance the relief package.”

He commented: “The whole world will remember what the Senate will do in the next few days. Nothing – nothing – would make Putin happier now than seeing Congress waver in its support for Ukraine; nothing would help him on the battlefield.”

The bill includes around $60 billion in military aid for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $8 billion for Taiwan and less than $10 billion in general humanitarian aid.

After the bill is approved by the Senate, it must also pass the House of Representatives before President Biden can sign it into law. However, Speaker Johnson was clearly unenthusiastic on Monday, declaring: “Now that the Senate has not received a single border policy change, the House of Representatives must continue to impose its own will on these important matters. America deserves better.” the status quo of the Senate.

Johnson has insisted that the additional aid must be coupled with further measures to combat illegal immigration, but a bipartisan package intended to achieve this was torpedoed last week by Republican hardliners who deemed it inadequate.

(L) Senator Rand Paul in Washington, DC, on September 14, 2022. (R) Senator JD Vance on March 9, 2023, in DC Paul and Vance voted against introducing a bill to provide military assistance… (L) Senator Rand Paul in Washington, DC, on September 14, 2022. (R) Senator JD Vance on March 9, 2023, in DC Paul and Vance voted against introducing legislation that would provide military aid to Ukraine. More STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP/ANNA MONEYMAKER/GETTY

On Saturday, Donald Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, argued that the U.S. should stop providing foreign aid except in the form of a loan.

He posted on his Truth Social website: “We should never again give money without hope of repayment or without ‘shackles’ attached to it. The United States of America should no longer be ‘stupid’!”

During a rally in South Carolina the same day, Trump said he would “encourage” Russia to invade any NATO member state that “doesn’t pay,” apparently referring to the military alliance’s recommendation that members pay at least 2 percent should spend their GDP on the group.

The remark was condemned by Nikki Haley, Trump’s rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, during an appearance on Fox News. America’s Newsroom. She said: “If Donald Trump makes Joe Biden sound reasonable, that’s more of the reason why Donald Trump can’t defeat Joe Biden. They will take everything he says and use it against him.”

Update 02/13/24, 8:28 a.m. ET: This story has been updated to note that the bill passed the Senate on a final vote of 70-29, with 26 Republicans voting against it.