Flip-flop: Nine senators who switched vote on Ukraine aid — and why

In a sweeping reversal, nine senators who were against sending aid to Ukraine flipped their stance and voted in favor of the aid on Tuesday. 

The vote passed with a wide 79-18 majority. The Republican senators who were against sending aid and then voted in favor are Sens. Katie Britt (R-AL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), James Lankford (R-OK), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Pete Ricketts (R-NE).

“It’s just so much easier to go back home and say, ‘Listen, we’re asking people to pay us back when they can if they can,’” Graham said. “This is just a much better package. It’s more robust for Israel.”

“This legislation, while imperfect, will make critical strides to reestablish credible American deterrence and move us closer to restoring the peace through strength that President Biden inherited,”
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