Republican Senators Are Sabotaging Our Ability To Help Ukraine

As if it weren’t heinous enough that 31 Senate Republicans voted against delivering vital military aid for Ukraine last week, they’re also undermining the U.S.’s broader effort to help Ukraine. Instead of working with President Biden and Democrats to confirm key nominees who would immediately get to work to help address the crisis in Ukraine, Republican senators like Rick Scott are playing politics and deliberately sabotaging our response. 

At the same time that Russian bombs and missiles are forcing millions of Ukrainians to flee from their homes, Senate Republicans are blocking the confirmation of President Biden’s nominees for key posts at the State Department and USAID. 

Foreign Policy: “Republican Senators Block Confirmation of Key Biden Officials, Stymying Ukraine Response”

Foreign Policy: “Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Roger Marshall of Kansas, have placed holds on the confirmation of several key Biden administration appointees with critical roles in addressing Ukraine’s crisis, including top officials destined for the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development as well as who are responsible for managing U.S. policy on sanctions, humanitarian relief, refugees, and nuclear and chemical security.”

Foreign Policy: “Scott, who has placed the largest number of holds, has blocked their confirmation, demanding that the Biden administration first take action on an unrelated issue: the Cuban government’s practice of siphoning the salaries of Cuban doctors exported to other Latin American countries.”

And don’t forget, it was just last week that the vast majority of Republican senators voted against a package that included military aid to help Ukraine defend against Russia’s unprovoked attack. 

CBS News: “Senate approves, sends Biden $1.5 trillion spending bill that includes Ukraine aid”

Newsweek: “Full List of 31 Republicans Who Voted Against Military Aid for Ukraine”

The Hill: “All of the 31 ‘no’ votes came from Republicans”