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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Thomas Massie voted against nearly every bill passed by the House to thwart the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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  • Greene and Massie voted against almost every bill passed in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • The only bill Greene voted for was a non-binding resolution expressing support for the Ukrainian people.

  • At times, the duo have been the only ones to vote against bills that otherwise had unanimous support.

Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against nearly every bill passed in response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to an Insider review of recent roll call votes name of the House.

The only exception was a non-binding resolution passed March 2 in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which Greene supported. Massie, meanwhile, joined Republican Representatives Paul Gosar of Arizona and Matt Rosendale of Montana in voting against.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in late February, Congress has raced to respond to what has quickly become Europe’s largest ground war since World War II. Insider identified 19 bills — ranging from non-binding resolutions to sanctions packages to military aid authorizations — the House has passed since the Russian invasion began in late February. They include a mix of new legislation, as well as previously introduced resolutions in favor of countries besieged by Russia.

Some of these measures have drawn significant Republican opposition in the House, including 57 votes against the recent allocation of $40 billion in additional aid to Ukraine, 56 votes against a bill calling for relief from the country’s debt besieged and 63 votes against a resolution reaffirming American support for NATO.

Others have also drawn opposition from the left flank of the Democratic Party, including a ban on imports of Russian oil, a bill allowing the seizure of assets of Russian elites and a bill aimed at countering Russian influence. and Chinese in Eastern Europe. telecommunications networks.

But Greene and Massie stand alone in the breadth of their opposition to bills aimed at countering Russia, and they were the only members of Congress to vote against three otherwise unanimous bills aimed at financially targeting Russia and Belarus. .

“We have enough problems here”

On Thursday, Washington Post columnist Paul Kane asked Greene about his many votes against Ukraine-related bills. Greene posted an excerpt from the exchange on his official Twitter account and criticized the media as “obsessed with another country”.

“I’m very sorry for the people of Ukraine, but I was elected to represent my district in Georgia,” Greene said, listing concerns about border security, inflation, gasoline prices and shortages. of formula milk. “Did that stop Putin? Let me ask you, did Vladimir Putin stop his war in Ukraine because of all these sanctions? No not at all.

She went on to articulate an argument she has made in several different editorials: that the “globalists” have a financial interest in perpetrating a war in Ukraine, and that the United States must push for a negotiated settlement of the conflict.

“I would say that MTG has explained why it opposes these measures far more broadly than anyone who supports these measures,” Greene’s communications director Nick Dyer wrote in an email to Insider.

For Massie, a libertarian who has served in Congress since 2012, opposition to the foreign affairs measures is typical and part of a long-standing record.

He was the only Republican to vote for (rather than against) the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, the only member of Congress to vote against the extension of sanctions against Iran in 2016, the only member of his party to vote against a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, and the only Republican to vote against sending an additional $1 billion in Iron Dome funding to Israel, joining several progressive Democrats.

Massie recently bragged about his voting record on Ukraine-related bills, arguing that they “prolong the war, waste taxpayers’ money and raise domestic food and energy prices”.

Here’s a full list of the 18 bills the duo voted against:

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