One year after Russia invaded Ukraine, Republicans in the House of Representatives are divided over whether the United States should continue to provide aid to the embattled country.
A split in Florida’s House GOP delegation mirrors the divisions among the larger conference: While most argue that providing Ukraine with military and financial aid is necessary to stop Russia's aggression, others said they have "Ukraine fatigue."
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, a leader of a small but vocal wing of isolationist Republicans in the House, has introduced a "Ukraine Fatigue" resolution seeking to end "military and financial aid" to Ukraine.
“We must suspend all foreign aid for the War in Ukraine and demand that all combatants in this conflict reach a peace agreement immediately,” Gaetz said in a statement.
The measure is co-sponsored by 10 other House Republicans, including fellow Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, and conservative Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
So far the U.S. has provided about $113 billion in assistance to Ukraine, including tanks, weapons and ammunition.
During a surprise visit to Kyiv on Monday, President Joe Biden announced another $500 million in military aid for Ukraine.
"Freedom is priceless,” Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday. “It's worth fighting for as long as it takes, and that's how long we're gonna be with you, Mr. President, for as long as it takes."
Supporters of the “Ukraine Fatigue” resolution see the spending as wasteful, or say the money would be better used back home. Other Republicans are critical of how Biden has handled the war, but said “this is no time” for the U.S. to end its commitment to Ukraine.
"We cannot allow fatigue or concern about what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin may do in the future — we cannot allow that to stop us from doing the right thing," said Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla.
Although Rutherford said he disagrees with the resolution, he has said there should be more control to ensure money and weaponry are going to the right places.
"We're not just gonna write a blank check," said Rutherford. "But there's a proper way to do this, and there's a proper way to take care of America at the same time."
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also said he does not support Gaetz’s resolution, making its passage in the Republican-led House even more unlikely. But with Republicans looking to cut government spending, opposition by Gaetz and others could complicate efforts to approve the next round of aid to Ukraine.