A Golden Opportunity For Ukraine Amidst Congress’s Chaos And Gridlock

Isaac Newton Farris Jr
5 min readOct 10, 2023

Last week the Republican Congressional chaos and gridlock that narrowly avoided a federal government shutdown two weeks ago, shut down legislative operations of the U.S. House until they replace Kevin McCarthy, the first House Speaker in American history to be voted out as House Speaker. Since the same House Republicans responsible for McCarthy’s ouster are vigorous opponents of the Ukraine War, everyone who fears what this means for the war’s financial and military support overlooks the golden opportunity, the House Republican’s chaos and gridlock presents a way to guarantee the Ukraine War’s financial and military support.

When just 8 Republican Congresspersons, in defiance of their 210 fellow Republican House members, were able to successfully take the first-ever step of firing a U.S. House Speaker, it sent shock waves to everyone who realizes what’s truly at stake in Ukraine’s war with Russia. One of the reasons that the 45-day continuing budget resolution, which avoided the government shutdown two weeks ago, passed in the Republican-controlled House was because funding for the Ukraine War was deleted from it. The 8 far-right-wing conservatives who fired McCarthy are definitely opposed to further funding for Ukraine’s war, but there are growing questions about support for the war among more moderate right-wing Republican conservatives in the House.

Of the two formally announced candidates running to replace McCarthy as Speaker, Steve Scalise, and Jim Jordan, Jordan is on record opposing further funding for Ukraine saying last weekThe most pressing issue on Americans’ minds is not Ukraine, it is the border situation and crime on the streets and everybody knows that “. Two weeks ago Jordan and more than half of the Republican conference, 117 of 221, voted against a measure that would have avoided a government shutdown precisely because it included funding for Ukraine, Scalise voted for it.

Speaker candidate and Majority Leader Steve Scalise (left) supports Ukraine War funding Speaker candidate and House. Rep. Jim Jordan (right) does not (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Even if pro-Ukraine Scalise becomes Speaker, he will face the same strict opposition to further funding of the war from the same far-right-wing Republicans, or questions about Ukraine’s efficiency…

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Isaac Newton Farris Jr

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.