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Capito, Manchin vote in favor of aid for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

West Virginia’s senators voted in favor of a an aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan that passed the chamber early today.

Shelley Moore Capito

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., was among just a few Republican senators who voted in favor of the package, which faces doubt as it heads to the House of Representatives.

Last week, as Capito voted yes during a procedural vote to advance the legislation, she described her longstanding view that aid for the American allies is necessary.

“You all know that I’ve been supportive of Israel, very supportive of Israel, supportive of Ukrainian funding and also the funding for Taiwan,” Capito told West Virginia reporters during a briefing last week.

The $95 billion package includes $60 billion to Ukraine for its fight against invading Russia, $14.1 billion for Israel’s war against Hamas and $10 billion for humanitarian aid for civilians in conflict zones and nearly $5 billion for Indo-Pacific allies including Taiwan to counter-balance China.

Capito had long discussed tying the foreign aid to American border security, but she cast a vote last week against a separate package that would have included measures to address the border. In that case, Capito said many constituents had reached out to ask her to oppose the border provisions as they were crafted and she maintained there was not enough time to fully assess them.

“I have been firm in my support for a national security supplemental that provides security assistance to allies and partners facing aggression as well as solutions to the national security challenges we face here at home,” Capito stated today.

In voting in favor of the bill today for aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, Capito was among 22 Republican senators. The final vote was 70-29.

The yes votes included two top Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Thune of South Dakota, as well as two others on the leadership team: Senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Capito.

“This bill expands the capacity of the U.S. defense industrial base and restocks American munitions stockpiles with newer and more advanced weapons, many of which have critical components manufactured in West Virginia,” Capito said.

Only two Senate Democrats voted against the package.

Joe Manchin

Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said the legislation advances America’s interests both on the world stage and at home.

“It’s a commitment to help Ukraine fight against Putin’s unprovoked invasion and send a powerful signal to all our NATO allies, especially those along the Russian border, that we will stand strong to defend democracy. We are also making a commitment to support Israel following Hamas’ unprecedented terrorist attack,” Manchin stated.

“Lastly, it’s a commitment to rebuilding our own defense industrial base. I am proud to vote for peace and stability over tyranny and authoritarianism, and I urge my colleagues in the House to take up and pass this bipartisan package as quickly as possible.”

In the House of Representatives, Speaker Mike Johnson released a statement critical of the foreign aid package for not including border policy measures.

“Now, in the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters,” said Johnson, R-La. “America deserves better than the Senate’s status quo.”

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