Most House Republicans backed aid from Ukraine. This NJ congressman didn’t.

New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew was one of 57 House Republicans to oppose sending an additional $40 billion in aid to Ukraine to help the country repel the invasion Russian.

The bill passed, 368-57 with 219 Democrats and 149 Republicans supporting the measure, including the other 11 members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation. No Democrat voted no.

“With this assistance, the United States is sending a powerful message to the Kremlin oligarchs: We remain firmly convinced that Ukrainian freedom will triumph over Russian fascism,” said Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st Dist.

The Ukraine Aid Bill is now before the US Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., has also called for a quick vote.

“The president has called on both houses of Congress to act quickly, so we need to act quickly,” Schumer said Wednesday. “The House vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan and it should be no different in this chamber.”

Van Drew did not respond to a request for comment on why he opposed Ukraine’s aid.

Her vote aligned with those cast by some of the more conservative members of the House Republican Conference, including Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mary Miller of Illinois.

Trump was impeached in December 2019 for suspending Congress-approved aid to Ukraine in order to pressure that country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into Joe Biden, which later won. the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and the presidency.

Van Drew was one of only two House Democrats to vote against impeachment. He then switched sides as he sat next to Trump in the Oval Office.

Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as he threatened Ukraine, calling him “pretty smart”. As president, Trump sided with Putin over US intelligence agencies and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, which concluded that Russia intervened on his behalf in the election. 2016 presidential election.

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