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Ten members of the Republican House on Thursday voted against a Lend-Lease bill that would speed up the process of helping Ukraine.
The measure, first introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, would update 1941 legislation used by the United States to help its allies during World War II. The United States would be able to get equipment and other supplies to Ukraine more quickly during the ongoing Russian invasion, as the bill bolsters President Biden’s power to fast-track deals with Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.
The 10 Republicans who voted against the bipartisan measure are Representatives Andy Biggs (Arizona), Dan Bishop (NC), Warren Davidson (Ohio), Matt Gaetz (Florida), Paul A. Gosar (Arizona), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga .), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Ralph Norman (SC), Scott Perry (Pennsylvania) and Tom Tiffany (Wis.).
Some of those House members, including Greene and Gaetz, have previously voted against other Ukraine laws, forming what some Democrats (and even right-wing critics) have called “Putin’s Caucus.”
This month, after Republicans including Biggs, Massie, Gaetz and Greene voted “no” to a measure intended to hold Russia accountable for the war, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) accused them to vote against preserving evidence of Putin’s war crimes, while Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) mentioned some Republicans are “curious about Putin”.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee went further, calling them the “pro-Putin faction of the GOP.”