NOTUS: His District Is Full Of Ukrainian Americans. So Why Did He Vote Against More Aid To Ukraine?
NOTUS Newsletter mentioned Republicans for Ukraine’s GOP Report Card and comments from John Conway, director of strategy.
Meuser, like more and more Republicans, falls somewhere in the middle on funding for Ukraine. He’s not rallying for more aid, like defense hawks including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and he’s not loudly against it, like fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, former chair of the House Freedom Caucus. Meuser received a C- rating from Republicans For Ukraine, a project under the group Defending Democracy Together that tracks Republican House members’ voting records on assistance since the invasion.
John Conway, director of strategy at Republicans For Ukraine, said that in focus groups of Republican voters and in Republican lawmakers’ votes, support for Ukraine started to wane in 2023. One contributing factor is how Trump’s “America First” foreign policy has divided the party. It’s something Conway has seen reflected on the presidential primary debate stage between Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, and one he’s seen in the halls of Congress.
“There’s this tug of war between those traditional Republican values and the values of the Trumpified Republican Party,” Conway said.
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