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3/20/2024

9 House Republicans Vote Against Condemning Russia For Illegal Kidnapping of Ukrainian Children

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:18 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Imagine, Republicans who publicly express deep concern for the child trafficking and exploitation voted no on a resolution condemning Russia for their illegal kidnapping of Ukrainian children and taking them back to Russia during the ongoing war:

On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution to condemn Russia’s abduction of Ukrainian children in the two years since the war began.

Nine Republicans voted against the resolution.

Sponsored by Democratic Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania, the resolution holds the Russian government “responsible for the wrongful and illegal kidnapping of children from Ukraine” and states that doing so “amounts to genocide.”

It would have cost these Republicans nothing to vote yes on the symbolic resolution, other than worrying about what you-know-who might think about it. It’s nothing less than pathetic when 9 House Republicans can’t even muster up the courage to agree that what Russia has done to Ukrainian children (and by extension, their families) is inhumane, depraved, and part of an ongoing genocide. Why should anyone believe their cries against child trafficking here in the U.S. when they can’t even bring themselves to condemn an alleged a murderous war criminal who steals their neighbors’ children by the thousands. This resolution didn’t have any budget strings attached to it. There was no aid money earmarked for Ukraine. It was a simple symbolic resolution that provided our elected representatives the opportunity to go on the record and collectively acknowledge that they (like we) recognize evil. I’m even going to go so far as saying that by not voting for the resolution, these 9 Republicans have given their tacit approval to what Putin is doing.

Here is the summary of the resolution:

This resolution states that the House of Representatives holds the Russian government responsible for the illegal kidnapping of children from Ukraine and condemns these actions. The resolution also (1) declares that illegal adoptions are contrary to the Genocide Convention (the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide); (2) claims that Russia is attempting to wipe out a generation of Ukrainian children; and (3) asserts that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased the risks of children being exposed to human trafficking, exploitation, child labor, gender-based violence, hunger, injury, trauma, deprivation of education and shelter, and death.

Here are the nine Republicans who voted against the resolution:

Andy Biggs of Arizona
Eric Burlison of Missouri
Warren Davidson of Ohio
Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
Clay Higgins of Louisiana
Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Matt Rosendale of Montana
Chip Roy of Texas
Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin

Gee, what’s the common denominator there??

–Dana

19 Responses to “9 House Republicans Vote Against Condemning Russia For Illegal Kidnapping of Ukrainian Children”

  1. Hello.

    I tried to locate specific explanations from the 9 for their votes and couldn’t locate any statements.

    Dana (8e902f)

  2. In other words, Marge Taylor* and eight other Republicans voted in favor of child abductions by Putin, which number in the tens of thousands, each and every one a war crime. They are literally on the side of evil.

    * I’m assuming Mr. Greene, whose divorce from Marge is final, would prefer to not have his name attached to that woman.

    Paul Montagu (1e8339)

  3. I tried to locate specific explanations from the 9 for their votes and couldn’t locate any statements.

    Dana (8e902f) — 3/20/2024 @ 1:19 pm

    Natural reflex.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  4. Added to post because this really pisses me off:

    I’m even going to go so far as saying that by not voting for the resolution, these 9 Republicans have given their tacit approval to what Putin is doing.

    Dana (8e902f)

  5. I am missing the common denominator.

    BuDuh (f42b92)

  6. Nobody in Congress has any principles – not the people who votes for this resolution and not the people who voted against it.

    The resolution goes too far, and also this deals with what is hardly Putin’s worst crime, albeit it one for which he has been indicted, because it’s easy to prove, and Russia has been practically open and aboveboard about it.

    Now what’s true:

    1. There have been abductions, or trickery.

    2. There have been illegal adoptions, contrary to the Genocide Convention of 1948.

    3. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased the risks of children being exposed to hunger, injury, trauma, and to deprivation of education and shelter, and death. All over Ukraine.

    What’s NOT true:

    1. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has NOT increased the risks of children being exposed what is normally described as to human trafficking, or to exploitation, child labor, and gender-based violence, (well, the last maybe in any newly occupied areas.)

    2. This is NOT an attempt to wipe out an entire generation of Ukrainian children. It’s nowhere near as ambitious as all that.

    What IS going on is that Russia is attempting to make people (adults also) not identify themselves as Ukrainians in many of the areas it occupies. And an attempt to stop the use of the Ukrainian language there, which differs from Russian in a few ways, most notably with the use of the letters “H” and “I”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  7. Maybe better:

    I’m even going to go so far as saying that by not voting for the resolution, and not explaining their votes, these 9 Republicans have given their tacit approval to ANYTHING that Putin has been doing.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  8. They don’t want to antagonize Putin because Trump might choose to seek asylum in Russia.

    nk (229c7b)

  9. Themselves too.

    nk (229c7b)

  10. They don’t want to antagonize their secret campaign donation source.

    Kevin M (8676e4)

  11. One MAGA rationale I saw is that Putin is saving Ukrainian children from the trafficking they would otherwise suffer in Zelensky’s globalist-communist regime.
    It could have been bots posing as MAGAs, but nutty and noxious pro-Russia, anti-Ukraine, anti-NATO – and ultimately anti-American – conspiracy theories are commonplace among Trump loyalists. The same people who bluster about the “Russia hoax” and label themselves “patriots.”

    Radegunda (2afe05)

  12. How many of the Republican representatives that voted for the bill have also endorsed MAGA Trump? I image it is a considerable number.

    I’m still trying to figure out the “common denominator.” That I know of both Massie and Roy hate MAGA Trump’s guts.

    BuDuh (f42b92)

  13. A Radegunda sighting!

    norcal (5ce52e)

  14. Only 9 ? Trump must not be pleased. Putin either.

    asset (04857b)

  15. Gee, what’s the common denominator there??

    –Dana

    They all voted against (in the current 118th Congress) H.R.5692 – Ukraine Security Assistance and Oversight Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024; H.R.2670 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024; and H.Res.831 – Calling on the United States Government to uphold the founding democratic principles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the 117th Congress.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  16. — I’ll take Consanguinity for $600, Alex.
    — The clue is: I’m my own grandpaw.
    — What is the Trump delegation at the 2024 Republican Convention?
    — That is correct.

    nk (f72512)

  17. Per your link on HR 5692:

    Republican YAYS: 101 NAYS: 117

    Per you link on HR 2670:

    Republican YAYS: 147 NAYS: 73

    Per your link on HR 831:

    Republican YAYS: 143 NAYS: 63

    So the “common denominator” of those voting NAY on HR 149 has nothing to do with Republican or MAGA or Trump…

    Thanks for the links.

    BuDuh (f42b92)

  18. The kind of child trafficking Democrats and Nevertrump don’t give a damn about:

    GOP Reps Demand Transparency Over Thousands Of Migrant Children Reportedly Lost By Biden Admin

    UACs who cross into the United States over the international border with Mexico are normally transferred to the custody of the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), however a February 2023 report found that that the office lost track of over 85,000 such children after their placement in the care of U.S.-based sponsors. A group of 10 House Republicans, led by Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas, are demanding information about how the department approves sponsors and its efforts to keep track of the children.

    The letter seeks information on why the ORR discontinued a requirement that sponsors of UAC only be U.S. citizens and how family relationships between sponsors and UACs are verified. It also seeks information on the circumstances in which sponsors are waived from being subject to an FBI National Criminal History Check, state child abuse and neglect (CA/N) registries and public records checks, as well as disclose the number of “safety and well-being follow-up calls” conducted by ORR staff and whether these resulted in any subsequent action.

    This is happening in our own country, not Ukraine, and our own government is aiding and abetting.

    Surely Biden will be forthcoming with this information, because he really does care about child trafficking, and Nevertrump will be outraged when he stonewalls again. Chip Roy, who signed the letter, at least can say he cares about our own problems more than he does Ukraine’s.

    lloyd (2d4d2c)

  19. That is not what child trafficking usually means, either,

    Sammy Finkelman (c2c77e)


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