House Republicans critical of US aid to Ukraine during its war with Russia introduced a special resolution on Thursday for audits of funds provided by Congress.
The resolution was led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and supported by a group of GOP lawmakers. House and Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who support U.S. aid for Ukraine say these colleagues are part of the minority fringe.
But the resolution, which called for the preservation of administrative documents and communications related to the distribution of Ukrainian funds, drew criticism among some Republican lawmakers who support aid to Ukraine but say more oversight is needed.
The Biden administration has provided more than $20 billion in military aid to Kyiv, as well as about $10 billion in humanitarian aid and about $13 billion in economic aid.
And President Biden called on Congress to provide an additional $37.7 billion in funding for Ukraine.
Greene introduced the bill as a privilege resolution, meaning it will be referred to the relevant committee, where members will have 14 business days to either reject it, or approve it for a vote on the House floor.
If the bill is not brought up in the committee within that time, Greene has the option to force a House floor vote on the bill without it being called by a committee.
It’s not yet clear which House panel will consider the resolution, but Democrats are likely to vote to prevent it from going to the House floor.
Greene said he is prepared to reintroduce the resolution in the next Congress when Republicans hold the majority.
“I will introduce this resolution again, but I will also call for a full audit. We voted ‘no’ to send money there, but we are also going to audit what is happening in Ukraine.
Co-sponsors of the bill include GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Barry Moore (Ala.), Andrew Clyde (Ga.) and Thomas Massie (Ky.). Rep.-elect Cory Mills (R-Fla.) also appeared alongside lawmakers at a press conference Thursday.
Greene was referring to remarks from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) who previously said Republicans would not send a “blank check” to Ukraine, in response to criticism within his party about American aid.
“You’ve heard Leader McCarthy say publicly that he doesn’t see good odds of much funding for Ukraine moving forward in a Republican-controlled conference,” Greene said.
McCarthy later tried to clarify his comments, saying he supports US aid to Ukraine but favors oversight.
Greene said he has informed Republican leaders that he is introducing the resolution.
“I said, ‘I’m at a press conference at 4’ and he said, ‘OK.'”