Marjorie Taylor Greene calls for audit of Ukraine funding as Russia pulls out
Outspoken GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor on Sunday reiterated her opposition to further aid to Ukraine and called for an audit of the funds given so far.
Greene had previously made it clear in public statements that she would support an end to Ukrainian military aid if Republicans made meaningful gains in the midterm elections. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed his sentiments, saying funding would cease under Republican leadership. In statements reported by Axios, the Georgian MP said money should be kept to address domestic issues, specifically citing the southern border.
“Under the Republicans, not a penny will go to Ukraine,” Greene said at a Trump rally in Iowa earlier in November. “Our country comes first. The only border [Democrats] care about Ukraine, not the southern border of America. They don’t care about our border or our people.”
Ahead of the midterm elections, Republicans like Greene were anticipating big gains in the Senate and House. Now, with Democrats retaining control of the Senate and the GOP eyeing a wafer-thin House majority at best, it remains to be seen what Republicans will be able to accomplish in Washington’s new landscape. Despite this uncertainty, Greene in a Sunday morning tweet affirmed his continued scrutiny of Ukrainian aid.
“I want an audit of where every penny went in funding to Ukraine,” Greene wrote. “Everyone is okay with that, right?”
Newsweek contacted Rep. McCarthy’s office for comment.
On Sunday night, Republicans won 212 House seats, winning seven, while Democrats won 203, losing eight. A total of 218 are needed to claim a majority in the House, with most outlets and models predicting the GOP will win in the end, but only by a slim margin of 1-3 seats. MSNBC predicts a final total of 219-216 in favor of the GOP, but with a margin of error of 4 seats give or take, that means anything is still possible.
Despite holding a majority, political analysts have noted that such a slim majority could present a host of problems, given that a handful of Representatives are typically absent from a given House session. With just a few members missing, House Republicans may be unable to get anything through. As seen in the Senate 50-50 over the past two years, such a split would also give considerable influence to a small number of representatives whose positions differ from those of the main body.
With the prospects for the House looking dim, doubts are growing over whether McCarthy will be able to win the Speaker’s job in the leadership votes. Pressed on the subject, current President Nancy Pelosi doubted that her Republican counterpart could obtain the necessary votes.
“Why would I pass judgment on something that might or might not happen?” Pelosi said during a Sunday appearance on CNN. “No, I don’t think he has it. But it’s up to his people how they want to be led or not.”