McCarthy Strips Ukraine Funding From Defense Bill

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Kevin McCarthy has taken out the $300 million in defense funding from the Pentagon funding bill.

This was after there were two failures to advance the bill.

The $300 million will now be voted on separately.

The Daily Mail reported:

Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he would strip all funding to train Ukrainian troops in their fight against Russia from the Pentagon funding bill just one day after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The GOP leader made the move in an effort to court votes after suffering two rare failures on a vote to advance the defense bill this week.

The $300 million for training Ukraine’s troops will now be voted on separately.

‘I just voted NO to the rule for the Defense bill because they refused to take the war money for Ukraine out and put it in a separate bill,; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., typically a McCarthy ally, posted on X after the second rule vote.

Here is what the $300 million was going to.

The Hill reported:

The Pentagon funding bill includes $300 million “to provide assistance, including training; equipment; lethal assistance; logistics support, supplies and services; salaries and stipends; sustainment; and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine, and to other forces or groups recognized by and under the authority of the Government of Ukraine, including governmental entities within Ukraine, engaged in resisting Russian aggression against Ukraine, for replacement of any weapons or articles provided to the Government of Ukraine from the inventory of the United States.”

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