The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
Republican support for sending aid to Ukraine to aid in their fight against Russia continues to wane. A “report card” recently released by Republicans for Ukraine shows Tennessee’s U.S. Representatives to be divided on their views regarding the role of the U.S. in continued support for Ukraine.
Republicans for Ukraine, a coalition created to push legislators to stay involved in Ukrainian aid, assigned a letter grade from A to F to every Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives based on the way they voted on five key proposals “relating to help Ukraine win.”
The group also notes that letter grades are derived from “each member’s public statements (of lack thereof) on the war, because leadership requires explaining clearly and consistently why a Ukrainian victory and a Russian defeat is in America’s best interests.”
The report card gives an “A” to Representatives Chuck Fleischmann and Mark Green. Both representatives voted in Ukraine’s favor across the board and are listed as “pro-Ukraine”.
Representative David Kustoff received a “B-“ and was listed as having an “okay” overall grade. He is noted to have made anti-Ukraine statements to the public, however.
Representatives Scott DesJarlais and John Rose both received “C” ratings and are included as “mediocre.” While DesJarlais is considered to have made anti-Ukraine statements, Rose is listed as being “neutral.” Both voted primarily in favor of continued support.
Coming in with “failing” grades for standing their ground against providing additional funding to Ukraine are the three other U.S. Representatives from Tennessee. Representatives Diana Harshbarger, Tim Burchett, and Andy Ogles have made it clear that they are not in favor of sending even more money to Ukraine, leaving them with an “F” ranking and a status of “very poor.”
Last week, Representative Ogles also stood his ground against giving more funding when he signed his name to a letter from several U.S. Congressmen and Senators, noting that they opposed “the additional expenditure for war in Ukraine” as was included in a request from the Office of Management and Budget for another $24 billion to be given for “security, economic, and humanitarian assistance related to the war in Ukraine.”
According to that letter, the United States has already given $114 billion towards aiding Ukraine. It also cites a pledge from President Biden, as noted in the funding request, that “we will stand with Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty for as long as it takes.” The letter also notes that it has been made clear that the requested funding is only for the first quarter and that additional funding would be requested later.
The legislators opposed to giving more money to Ukraine are demanding answers for U.S. citizens.
The letter reads, “The American people deserve to know what their money has gone to” and continues with a series of questions regarding the use of already given funding. The legislators then state that “for these reasons – and certainly until we receive answers to the questions above and others forthcoming” they are opposed to continuing to provide assistance to Ukraine.