Democrats’ losses in Congress could affect Ukraine, US senator says

Chris Murphy says a Republican Congress will cut military aid to Kyiv

If Republicans take control of the US House or Senate, there will be far less military aid sent to Ukraine amid the conflict with Russia, says Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Murphy said there was a “real risk” that the additional $12 billion pledge that President Joe Biden’s administration recently requested could be the last time the United States would provide funding to Ukraine.

While Senate Republicans appear to support the aid package, Murphy notes that GOP members in the House are more beholden to former US President Donald Trump, who repeatedly opposed sending billions dollars of military aid to kyiv.

“His lieutenants in charge of spreading the message online are screwing up Ukraine aid,” said the Democrat.

Many House Republicans have publicly opposed sending military aid to Ukraine, insisting the money is needed to address unresolved issues at home. Murphy, however, dismisses those concerns, saying many Republicans simply sympathize with Russia.

“The MAGA wing of the party, which is the dominant wing, says and thinks a lot of nice things about Putin,” he said.

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The senator concluded by saying that Ukrainians are doing “serious progress” and warned that if Republicans won the House and cut funding to Kyiv, it could have “potentially catastrophic impacts” on the morale of Ukrainians and their “Ability to lead the fight.”

Murphy’s comments come ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections, where the 435 House of Representatives seats and 35 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats will be contested.

Democrats, who hold a five-seat majority in the House and a 50-50 split in the Senate, are seen as at serious risk of losing control of Congress as polling numbers suggest many Americans are unhappy with the party — and especially of Joe Biden. – the management of the Covid pandemic and the ongoing inflationary and oil crises.

While Biden’s approval rating has jumped from 36% to 45% since July, the Republican Party is still expected to regain control of the House, and some predict it could even take control of the Senate as well.


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