Republican Party Divided Over Major Issue

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( – Some Senate Republicans have called on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to not move through with a vote on a Senate-passed bill that would repeal the authorization for military forces to be deployed in Iraq. This highlights the division within the GOP on matters of national security, according to The Hill.

McCarthy is in a tough spot since 18 Republican Senators voted in favor of the repeal joining 45 Democrats and three Democratic-aligned Independents on March 29. Following the vote, both of the war authorizations passed by Congress in 1991 and 2002 were voted to be repealed and have now been sent to the House.

However, there are some Republicans who did not agree with the repeal of the authorization for use of military force (AUMF), which led to debates that fall under the general umbrella of what America’s role is in keeping the peace globally and what the budget for defense spending should be going forward. There has also been debate about the level of support that the US should be giving Ukraine.

According to The Hill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) noted that currently there is a “battle within the Republican Party,” and he believes the majority of GOP voters are in support of reduced overseas spending and interventions. Raul voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of military force in Iraq. In his mind, those Senate Republicans that voted against the repeal and who are in favor of funding the war in Ukraine are not aligned with GOP voters.

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