House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted in a historic vote, but some are worried about what this means for Ukraine aid as some potential candidates for the role have a poor history in support of the war-torn country.
McCarthy’s Historical Ousting
The sudden removal of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has cast uncertainties over the future of US aid to Ukraine, raising concerns over potential disruption in support for Kyiv.
Ukraine Support Deal in the Air
The recent US government funding bill did not include support for Ukraine, leaving President Joe Biden in a position where he must rely on potential successors to McCarthy to negotiate a separate deal for aid to Ukraine.
Very Real Global Russian Threat
President Biden reiterated over the weekend that support for Ukraine must not waver “under any circumstances,” expressing confidence that McCarthy’s successor would uphold the commitment to pass vital aid for Ukraine’s defense against aggression.
The Urgency to Bolster Support for Kyiv
Adm. Rob Bauer declared that Ukraine’s resources are running critically low.
Ukraine is reportedly expending thousands of shells daily, a significant portion of which came from NATO.
Gauging Support From Potential Successors
With McCarthy’s exit, attention now turns to the positions and policies of potential successors. A “report card” by the political group “Defending Democracy Together” assessed leading candidates based on their historical support for Ukraine aid.
The Hard-Right Republican Stance
Hard-right Republican Matt Gaetz, who spear-headed McCarthy’s removal from the House, received a low score on the report card due to his lack of significant support for Ukraine.
Tom Emmer’s Strong Support
Representative Tom Emmer, the House Republican whip, secured the highest rating with an A, reflecting a robust history of support for Ukraine.
US Provided Ukraine With Over $100 Billion
US assistance to Kyiv has been substantial, totaling $113 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian aid since Russia’s invasion in February 2022.
Senate Pledges More Aid
In the Senate, leaders, despite a narrow Democratic majority, have pledged to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to ensure continuous US security and economic backing for Ukraine.
Biden’s Engagement With Allied Leaders
President Biden engaged in discussions with allied leaders, the EU, and NATO to ensure coordinated support for Ukraine amid mounting concerns about diminishing backing for Kyiv’s efforts against Russia.
McCarthy’s Denial of “Secret Deal” Accusations
McCarthy denied accusations by Gaetz that he had made a “secret deal”l with Biden regarding a House vote on Ukraine aid, with Gaetz arguing that McCarthy wasn’t on the Republican side at all.
President Biden’s Request for Additional Aid
In July, President Biden urged Congress to approve an additional $24 billion related to Ukraine, a move supported by both Republicans and Democrats.
Uncertainties Surrounding McCarthy’s Departure
McCarthy’s departure has triggered Democrats to believe that the Republican party is imploding.
Importance of Sustaining Aid for Ukraine
Sustaining aid for Ukraine is crucial as politicians fear that a loss for Ukraine would be the beginning of a global conflict, despite some Republican presidential candidates being vocally against the support in the GOP debate.
Ukraine War Efforts Fading?
Recent reports have suggested that Ukraine’s time is running out, and they need US aid now more than ever. Let’s just hope the future Speaker makes the correct calls.
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