'Squad' members and progressive Democrats all vote for $40 billion war package for Ukraine despite condemning military spending in the past

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There were 57 Republican House members and Sen. Rand Paul (R-K. Y.) to oppose the massive foreign aid package to Ukraine. Every Democrat in Congress voted in favor of the $40 billion war package to supply aid to Ukraine. Every member of the so-called "Squad" and other progressive Democrats voted for the gargantuan payout to Ukraine despite condemning military spending in the past.

President Joe Biden initially requested $33 billion for Ukraine, but Congress tacked on another $7 billion. The $40 billion is in addition to $14 billion in Ukrainian aid that Congress just approved in March.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N. Y.) voted for the $40 million military package for Ukraine. However, AOC called for an amendment to cut the budget of the Pentagon by 10% to "prioritize the very needs of our communities here at home" in September 2021.

"I rise today to offer Amendment 40, to reduce the Pentagon budget by 10%, Ocasio-Cortez said on the House floor. "During a time when our country is withdrawing from foreign wars, when COVID 19 and its fallout is one of the greatest threats that we face, when record levels of unemployment, housing, and healthcare crises are among us, the United States should be reducing its military spending by at least 10% and prioritize the very needs of our communities here at home."

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) voted in favor of the package, but had a very different viewpoint in March.

"A lot of progressives, I feel, have abandoned their principles of being anti-war, anti-broad-based sanctions, anti-harmful policies that not only impact us here in the United States, but inadvertently impact the civilians of our adversary regime," Omar told Insider in March.

Progressive Caucus co-chairs Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) previously declared that there was "no military solution out of this crisis" and the "flood of hundreds of millions of dollars in letha... (Read more)