Over Half Of GOP Lawmakers Missed Zelensky’s Speech

KYIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 09: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen during his joint press conference with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian President Egils Levits on September 9, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. As war wages in eastern Ukraine, Belarus' military drills near the border with Poland, EU nations are increasingly concerned over safety at their borders as well as the energy sources this winter. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Of the 213 House Republicans, only 86 were in attendance at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s prime-time address to Congress on Wednesday.
  • While many of those members stood, cheering and applauding for the foreign leader, notably Matt Gaetz of Florida and Colorado’s Lauren Boebert did not.
  • Mitch McConnell, minority leader in the Senate, recently declared that “Making sure that the Defense Department can deal with major threats coming from Russia and China, providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians— that’s the number one priority of the United States Right now, according to most Republicans.”

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