How US Midterms Could Effect Ukraine
(AmericanProsperity.com) – The war in Eastern Europe has raged for more than eight months and still has no end in sight. The United States and other Western countries have rallied to Ukraine’s defense, doing what they can to help without provoking World War III. However, while the US has been sending money and equipment to the embattled country and railed Russia with sanctions, the amount of support coming from the US could change after November 8.
Democrats and Republicans have been supportive of the US effort to aid Ukraine for much of the conflict. Many of the Biden administration’s support packages have cruised through Congress. Senators and Representatives on both sides have worked together to pass massive multi-billion-dollar packages to provide aid and relief to Ukraine.
If Republicans take back a majority in the House, which they’re favored to do according to FiveThirtyEight, then Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will likely replace Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker of the House. The Republican has asserted that if his party does regain control of the lower chamber of Congress, Ukraine wouldn’t be getting any more blank checks.
In the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hopes to reclaim his position as Senate Majority Leader. While McConnell has been supportive of the effort in Ukraine, other members of his party have started to disapprove.
It’s not just lawmakers who are beginning to show displeasure with the United States supporting Ukraine. An October poll from Reuters/Ipsos shows that a majority of Americans, around two-thirds, feel the US should continue to offer support. However, that number is down from the 73% of Americans that felt the same way in April. According to Newsweek, the support is even less now as only 59% approve of helping the embattled country.
With members of Congress already turning sour on supporting Ukraine and a steady decline in support from Americans, there’s a possibility lawmakers won’t want to provide additional aid. Not only would it be difficult to get through Congress, but it might also upset voters. Several Republican candidates, who have the potential to replace Democrats supportive of sending aid to Ukraine, have mentioned their unwillingness to back further action.
Ukraine has been successful in partially pushing back Russia, largely thanks to American support. However, President Vladimir Putin has been ramping up his offensive. If Republicans win back control of Congress, there might be less help going to Ukraine. Will the GOP repeal military aid to the embattled country, or will it continue to support President Volodymyr Zelenskyy? If the US pulls its support, will Ukraine fall?
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