Are Republicans losing their appetite for the war effort against Russia?

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Fifty-seven House Republicans voted this week against the nearly $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, signaling the first cracks in the bipartisan consensus behind Kyiv — and potentially, the limits in the American appetite for helping this foreign country in its war against Russia while there are so many problems at home. Only 10 House Republicans had voted against sending Ukraine military equipment under an updated Lend-Lease Act back in April.

Some cited the baby formula shortage and inflation as domestic concerns that should override deepening involvement in Ukraine's war to repel Russia. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) raised transparency and fiscal responsibility concerns about the speed with which the money was being rammed through. It is the makings of an "America First" argument that could become problematic for repeatedly going back to the well for aid money. The Biden administration had estimated its original request would tide the Ukrainians over for about five months.

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