Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Defends Actions, Criticizes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slams House GOP leader for passing $95B foreign aid bill, including $61B for Ukraine, despite bipartisan support. Highlights deep divisions within the Republican party over support for Ukraine.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Defends Actions, Criticizes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Defends Actions, Criticizes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package

In a Fox News interview on Sunday, April 23, 2024, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) defended her actions against bipartisan criticism, claiming "The American people agree with me" and expressing disapproval of the House passing a $95 billion foreign aid package, with $60 billion going to Ukraine.

The House approved the foreign aid bill in a rare weekend session, with the $61 billion in aid for Ukraine passing with an overwhelming vote. The package faced resistance from some hard-right Republicans who argued the U.S. should focus on domestic issues, but ultimately passed with bipartisan support. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for the decision, saying it "keeps history on the right track."

Greene slammed House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) for passing the foreign aid bill with the help of Democrats, despite the majority of Republicans voting against it. She called Johnson a "traitor" to the Republican conference and the country. Greene also shared a list of 139 GOP members who voted against her amendment to strip the $61 billion in Ukraine war spending from the bill.

Why this matters: The passage of the foreign aid package highlights the deep divisions within the Republican party over support for Ukraine and U.S. allies. The vote also demonstrates the willingness of House Speaker Mike Johnson to work with Democrats to advance critical legislation, even in the face of opposition from far-right members of his own party.

Greene threatened to file a "motion to vacate" against Speaker Johnson, accusing him of "completely betraying the Republican party" by supporting the aid package. Johnson has stated that he will continue to do his job and let the House work its will, despite the threat of a motion to vacate. Senior Republicans believe they will be able to count on support from Democrats to swiftly kill any motion to vacate the speaker's chair.

The $95 billion foreign aid package includes $26 billion for Israel and $8 billion for allies in the Indo-Pacific region, in addition to the $61 billion for Ukraine. The bills will now go to the Senate for a vote before heading to President Biden's desk. The aid is seen as critical to supporting democracies and countering aggression from China, Iran, and Russia.

Despite the broad bipartisan support for the foreign aid package, Rep. Greene remains steadfast in her opposition. She refuted claims that she is creating drama, stating, "The people criticizing me are not the American people. The American people agree with me." Greene also expressed her disapproval of the House waving the Ukrainian flag on the floor during the vote on the foreign aid bill.

Key Takeaways

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized bipartisan $95B foreign aid bill, including $61B for Ukraine.
  • House Speaker Mike Johnson worked with Democrats to pass the bill despite opposition from some GOP.
  • Greene threatened to file a "motion to vacate" against Johnson, accusing him of betraying the GOP.
  • The aid package includes $26B for Israel and $8B for Indo-Pacific allies, seen as critical.
  • Despite bipartisan support, Greene remains steadfast in her opposition, claiming the "American people agree with me."