McConnell deals setback to ‘isolationist’ Republicans on Ukraine

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered an unmistakable rebuke of the Republicans opposed to further funding for Ukraine on Tuesday.

He brought along 31 GOP votes for the legislation, nine more than voted for an earlier version of the legislation in February and, most significantly, a majority of his conference in the Senate.

He denies that the victory, which seemed very much in doubt just two months earlier, has personal significance. He is stepping down as Republican leader at the end of the year and as one of his final acts resolved to get the foreign aid, which also includes money for Israel and Taiwan, through Congress.

“This is not about me. This is about our country and the free world,” he told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

But McConnell in no uncertain terms framed the vote
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