McCarthy Flip-Flops On Major Issue

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( – On Saturday, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) backtracked by stating that Ukraine aid would remain in the Pentagon funding bill. A day earlier he had claimed that the money would be stripped out after facing opposition from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

McCarthy revealed to Capitol reporters that the $300 million in aid was going to continue being part of the bill because of a different spending measure that would arrive next week and would fund the State Department and foreign operations. The speaker further noted that by taking away aid from Ukraine, the State Department and foreign operations measures would be harder to implement.

Next week the House is expected to vote on four appropriations bills, one of which relates to funding the Pentagon, the State Department, and foreign operations.

The House is going to need to vote on an amendment to have the aid removed from the Pentagon. McCarthy’s choice to allow Ukraine aid to remain a part of the appropriations bills is likely going to lead to opposition from Greene, who was previously against a procedural vote that would have allowed the Pentagon appropriations bill to move forward on Thursday because of the aid. The congresswoman has also frequently spoken up against sending aid to Ukraine.

McCarthy told reporters that he expected to have Greene oppose the bills and that even if everyone else was there Greene would still vote no.

A House conservatives coalition previously opposed the Pentagon appropriation bill twice and blocked legislation from moving forward.

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