Florida Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio Vote for $40 Billion Ukraine Aid

May 20, 2022 Updated 8:39 AM ET

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May 20, 2022 Updated 8:39 A.M. ET

WASHINGTON (FLV) – This week, the U.S. Senate met to vote on the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 7691) and passed it 88-11, with one not voting.

The bill plans to send around $40.1 billion to arm the Ukrainian military and provide humanitarian relief.

Of Florida’s two Republican senators – Rick Scott and Marco Rubio – both voted ‘yea.’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-KY, said that the “lethal assistance for Ukraine” is a “big partisan landslide.” He said that America must continue to invest “in sovereignty, stability, and deterrence before it’s too late.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, was among the Republicans who voted ‘no,’ explained that “the vast majority of Americans sympathize with Ukraine and want them to repel the Russian invaders.”

“But if Congress were honest, they would take the money from elsewhere in the budget or ask Americans to pay higher taxes or, heaven forbid, loan the money to Ukraine instead of giving it to Ukraine,” he continued. “But Congress will do what Congress does best: spend other people’s money.”

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-FL, was among House members who voted ‘no’ on the same bill.

“Ukraine must win in its righteous fight against Putin’s unprovoked and unhinged assault on their sovereignty. Every day this conflict continues is another devastating day for humanity and sends a signal to hostel foreign actors looking to emulate Russia’s actions,” Donalds remarked.

While I’m a firm supporter of the Ukrainian defense, the American taxpayer shouldn’t bear the perpetual cost of this war.”

The House approved the aid bill 368-57 with unanimous support from Democrats.

Other Floirda Republicans who voted against the bill in the House include Greg Steube, Gus Bilirakis, Kat Cammack, Matt Gaetz, and Brian Mast.

“The plan was substantial in size, because the need is substantial: We must stand by Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression,” President Joe Biden said Monday.

“The need is also urgent: I have nearly exhausted the resources given to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to support Ukraine’s fighters.”

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