White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie is angry with Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton on Twitter, but he did not say the whole story.
This comes after Sen. Cotton tweeted his support for sending more weapons to Ukraine to help in the war against Russia.
“There is no more cowardice and half-heartedness. It is time to send the necessary weapons to Ukraine to end this attack, “he said on Wednesday.
And there is no cowardice and half system.
It is time to send the necessary weapons to Ukraine to end this aggression.
– Tom Cotton (omTomCottonAR) March 16, 2022
Apparently, it got the attention of the White House because Saki responded on Friday.
[email protected] Last week there was an opportunity to support his word by voting for Ukraine’s security assistance, which the president announced yesterday. He and 30 of his fellow Senate Republicans voted against that money, the repression secretary said.
“These 31 Republican senators voted against: – .6 13.6 billion for Ukraine – 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems – 9000 anti-tank weapons – 7000 small arms – 20 million rounds of ammunition. , ”He said.
Those 31 Republican senators voted against:
– $ 13.6 billion for Ukraine
-800 Stinger anti-aircraft system
-9000 anti-tank weapons
-7000 small arms
-20 million rounds of ammunition
Our support is making a difference on the ground, and the President is providing more
– Jane Saki (@PressSec) March 18, 2022
Cotton responded to the tweet by saying that it was not a simple bill to send aid to Ukraine, as Saki had indicated.
“The aid was inflation-busting <1% of the 1.5 trillion budget. It should have been sent * before the attack *, but Biden blocked it to avoid offensive to Putin. @Presak, why is Biden still buying Russian oil? "He said.
This aid was <1% of the inflation-busting $ 1.5 trillion budget.
It should have been sent * before the attack *, but Biden blocked it to avoid offensive to Putin. PresecWhy is Biden still buying Russian oil? https://t.co/58WTa1ygFV
– Tom Cotton (omTomCottonAR) March 18, 2022
The Senate on Thursday passed a $ 1.5 trillion allocation package that includes $ 13.6 billion in emergency humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine in the ongoing Russian aggression.
The bill won bipartisan support but 31 Republican senators voted against the measure, with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) saying he supported helping Ukraine but argued the process was speeded up. Other Republicans have expressed similar concerns.
Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has been going on for more than two weeks now with Ukrainian forces offering strong resistance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called for more international assistance.
About half of the .6 13.6 billion will be spent on providing military assistance to Ukraine, as well as sending US troops to NATO countries in Europe during the crisis. The rest will be used for humanitarian and economic assistance. This assistance is just one aspect of a much larger bill that would fund the U.S. government and avoid shutdowns.
And when you sen. It’s worth noting when Romney is on the side of many Republicans on an issue.
The Utah Republican senator said, “We need to end the unreasonable process of jamming last minute, trillion-dollar, thousand-page bills without meaningful input from a handful of members.”
“Forcing us to swallow the bad to get the good is worrying, sustainable, and there is no way to govern in the long run. While I strongly support the provision of much needed assistance to the Ukrainians, I have not been able to support the rest of this inflated spending bill for the reasons stated at the end, “he said.
Republicans who voted against it were Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, John Boozman of Arkansas, Mike Brown of Indiana, Richard Barr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Kevin Kramer of North Dakota, Mike Kraps of Idaho, Mike Krapos of Idaho Fisher, Bill Hagarty of Tennessee, Josh Howley of Missouri, John Howen of North Dakota, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, John Kennedy of Louisiana, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, Cynthia Lemis of Wyoming, Rotherham of Kansas, , Mike Roundes of South Dakota, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ben Sass of Nebraska, Rick Scott of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Dan Sullivan of Arkansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania.
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