As a budget showdown looms in Congress, MAGA Republicans are alone in challenging the vast quantities of American weapons and cash being funneled to Kiev, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene warning The Grayzone that increasing escalation could turn the proxy war into a “potential nuclear conflict.” When approached for comment, progressive members of the ‘Squad’ dodged our questions.
When the US House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure Tuesday evening, the lone Republican no-vote against it was cast by Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The rules package brought four appropriations bills to the floor, two of which would provide additional funding for the Ukrainian government.
Green and fellow Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz succeeded in convincing House GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy to separate Ukraine funding from the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The Ukraine funding bill passed by a healthy majority, with 117 GOP representatives and zero Democrats voting against the bill.
Thank you @RepMattGaetz and all 117 Republicans who voted in support of my amendment to stop sending Americans hard-earned tax dollars to Ukraine!
And thank you to House leadership for removing Ukraine funding from OUR DOD appropriations bill.
When approached for comment, Greene said her lone vote against Tuesday’s rules package was motivated by her militant opposition to the war, describing herself as pro-peace and concerned about military escalation with the world’s foremost nuclear power.
“I refuse to use my voting card to inch us closer to a potential nuclear conflict,” the congresswoman told The Grayzone after the vote on Tuesday.
“While the DC establishment and their war machine donors see no problem in marching us straight into World War Three, I find it unacceptable to vote in favor of anything other than legislation that exacts a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine.”
Earlier in the day, Greene delivered a speech on the Capitol steps, flanked by supporters carrying signs that read, “Peace not war in Ukraine” and “Ukraine is not the 51st State.”
I’m on the steps of the Capitol letting every one of my colleagues know: NO FUNDING TO THE PROXY WAR IN UKRAINE! https://t.co/vAQVZvKrLN
The congresswoman told The Grayzone she would prefer funding be allocated to fix crises within the US and urged her fellow members to vote accordingly.
Instead of funding Ukraine, “I’m asking the House to take care of our own people here at home, who are being systematically victimized by Joe Biden’s border catastrophe,” Greene said. “The people of Lahaina, East Palestine, and our border communities need relief, and it saddens me that I seem to be the only voice trying to offer it to them.”
Congress is expected to vote on at least some of the appropriations bills before the potential government shutdown on October 1.
The stopgap measure adopted in the House came on the heels of a controversial standing ovation given to a former Nazi SS officer by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday. After the vote, The Grayzone pressed Democratic members of Congress on whether they found the celebration of the ex-Nazi concerning.
New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman refused to condemn the ceremony, grumbling: “I’m good man. I’m not talking.”
While conservatives ramp up opposition to funding Ukraine proxy war, Dems dodge The Grayzone@RepBowman was among the Squad members who refused to answer @cosgrove_iv's questions about military aid to Kiev amid Canada's #NaziGate scandal
When The Grayzone approached Bowman’s fellow New Yorker and “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for comment, she appeared to begin a half-hearted condemnation but trailed off incoherently.
“Well, I mean, I think any, any situation like that…” she mumbled when questioned by The Grayzone, before hopping into a car and quickly closing the door.
Noted anti-fascist @AOC trailed off and refused to condemn the standing ovation Canada’s parliament and Ukrainian President Zelensky gave to a Nazi Waffen-SS veteran invited by the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau
As the Ukrainian proxy war has dragged on, supposedly anti-war progressives in the House and Senate have so far declined to request an end to the tens of billions of dollars in US weaponry being shipped to Eastern Europe.
In a video published by The Grayzone in June, Bowman admitted that he was unfamiliar with “Crimea” and “the Donbas,” but insisted he still supported sending more US tax dollars to Ukraine. Bowman subsequently informed The Grayzone that his refusal to speak with the outlet was due to the publication of that unedited video.
Rep. Jamal Bowman says he supports military aid for Ukraine to defeat "madman" Putin, but admits he is unfamiliar with the Donbas and Crimea
In October 2022, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released a letter calling on President Biden to pursue the path of diplomacy in an effort to bring an end to hostilities. Less than 24 hours later, the lawmakers retracted the letter after facing the wrath of Democratic Party leadership.
Pro-Trump conservatives oppose US military “advisors” inside Ukraine
So far, the only significant resistance to legislation allocating billions to the Zelensky government has come from right-wing Republicans, who oppose sending cash and weapons to Ukraine on the grounds that such a policy is both needlessly escalatory and financially irresponsible.
Following the insistence by Foreign Affairs magazine that the Biden administration send US military advisors to Ukraine, a number of Republican lawmakers have warned Raytheon-executive-turned-Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that any such deployment would be “one more step towards a dangerous, unnecessary war between the United States and Russia.”
“A military adviser mission to Ukraine would run a significant escalatory risk with Russia,” a Sept. 26 letter by Senator J.D. Vance (R-ID) and Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) cautioned.
“It would mean placing additional “boots on the ground” in the midst of a direct and bloody conflict with Russia,” they added, noting: “Harm to our personnel under such a mission would be a tragedy, and could easily trigger Article IV consultations or even an Article V collective security declaration by our NATO Allies under the Washington Treaty.”
That same day, in a widely-viewed exchange with Noah Rothman, a neoconservative writer at the National Review, Vance blasted the neoconservatives now seeking to antagonize Russia as the “same idiots” who pushed the US invasion of Iraq.
1) The same idiots who push the most aggressive posture in Ukraine (you) did the same in Iraq (also you).
2) the bizarre and reflexive WW2 analogies. “If we don’t stop him here….” “Neville Chamberlain also said….”
Vance, Roy, and Gaetz have requested that Sec. Austin clarify “whether the U.S. government plans now, or in the future, to deploy an adviser mission to Ukraine, either U.S. direct hire personnel or contractors,” by October 3.