Congressional Republicans have been under fire during the recent impeachment process for how they’ve handled President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. In response to these developments, the GOP-aligned American Economic Liberties Project (AELP) has released a report card grading House Republicans on their votes related to Ukraine aid.
The report card paints a stark divide among Republicans, with many voting against involvement in the Ukraine matter. AELP summarized their findings as follows: “The majority of House Republicans—41 percent—voted either for or against providing the aid, while a majority—59 percent—voted present, no vote, or not voting on the issue.”
House Republicans who chose to vote ‘no’ on extending U.S. aid to Ukraine include some high profile names. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) were among the anti-aid Republicans, while Ken Buck (R-CO) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) were among the ‘yes’ votes.
The AELP report also acknowledged the divide among Republicans on other Ukraine-related votes. Among other issues, Republicans were split on resolutions that sought to force the White House to release the Ukraine transcript, a bill affirming former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony, and the resolution to impeach President Trump.
The release of this report card serves to reinforce the fact that there are different opinions among Republicans over the Ukraine scandal. More specifically, it sheds light on the fact that although Republicans were unified in their stance against impeaching President Trump, there were divergent opinions on the issue of providing aid to Ukraine.
Overall, the report card released by the AELP provides an insight into the opinion of Congressional Republicans on Ukraine-related votes. The results serve to further highlight the split among Republicans on such a controversial topic.