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Ukraine Aid: 48% of Republican Voters Want to Lower Foreign Aid, Survey Finds

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Almost a majority of GOP voters say they want to lower foreign aid as Congress gears up to provide up to $37 billion in Ukraine aid

A poll conducted by Morning Consult, which was published in late November, revealed that 48% of registered Republican voters want to lower the United States’ provisioning of foreign aid. The said poll also revealed that the same number of Republicans also want to hold back the U.S.’ involvement in the affairs of other countries.

According to the study, Republicans not only want the federal government to engage in less soft power and overseas aid, but they also want the deployment of American soldiers abroad and America’s engagement in military wars to be reduced.

The poll was published as President Joe Biden asked for over $37 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine. So far, Congress has allocated around $66 billion in aid to Ukraine.

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Conservatives Call for More Scrutiny Towards Ukraine Aid

Many conservatives have made calls to scrutinize foreign aid more than the current standard.

A measure was led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), aiming to audit every humanitarian, military, and economic aid provided to Ukraine. Along with Greene, Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Barry Moore (R-AL), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Greg Steube (R-FL), and Clay Higgins (R-LA) backed the measure as well.

Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, FreedomWorks, the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), America First Policy Institute, American Moment, Defense Priorities, the Center for Renewing America, and other conservative groups urged House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to oppose any additional aid during the lame-duck session.

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The Morning Consult survey, conducted on October 27 and 28, polled 2,005 registered voters. It has a 2% margin of error.

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