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McCarthy backtracks on removing Ukraine funding from Pentagon spending package

On Saturday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stated that he would not eliminate funding for Ukraine in a Pentagon spending package, contradicting his previous position. McCarthy clarified that he decided to retain the $300 million aid for Ukraine in the bill after realizing that another spending measure, scheduled for the following week, also included funds for Ukraine.

This decision was made in light of the fact that removing Ukraine aid from the State Department and Foreign Operations measure would prove challenging. However, despite this decision, the package has faced two procedural vote failures due to internal Republican opposition.

McCarthy also mentioned that he anticipates Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to vote against it, despite her alliance with the Speaker. McCarthy expressed his efforts to find a solution to the problem, acknowledging that the current circumstances make it more difficult than if they were only voting on the Department of Defense appropriations bill.

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