Congressman John Rose Votes ‘No’ on Deficit Spending Bill to Assist Ukraine

Tennessee Congressman John Rose (R-TN-06) voted against the Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 on Friday.

This legislation continues federal funding through December 16th and is a temporary measure to afford Congress sufficient time to complete the fiscal year 2023 omnibus. The bill also provides relief to communities recovering from natural disasters and includes $12.3 billion in new deficit spending to assist Ukraine.

In a press release, the congressman justified his “no” vote on the legislation by arguing that he supports supplying Ukraine with resources to “defend its sovereignty from illegal Russian aggression,” however, the legislation passed must be paid for instead of being added back to the national debt.

“We shouldn’t be forcing future Tennesseans to pay for the decisions we make today,” Congressman Rose said. “If Congress and the American people want to help Ukraine, which I support, we ought to find a way to pay for it instead of putting it off for future generations to figure out.”

Before his “no” vote on the legislation, Congressman Rose submitted an amendment that would “pay for the $12.3 billion in assistance to Ukraine by transferring $12.3 billion originally destined for the IRS from the Inflation Reduction Act and rescind the remaining $67.3 billion provided to the IRS in that same act which could be used for a number of things.”

Rose testified before the House Rules Committee in support of his amendment, saying in part, “I believe that if assisting Ukraine is something we want to do, we ought to find a way to pay for it instead of putting it off for future generations to figure out. It is wildly irresponsible for Congress to continue to mortgage our children and grandchildren’s future for the sake of these decisions.”

Congressman Rose’s amendment was not agreed on by the House Rules Committee.

With 230 votes in favor and 201 against, the House passed the legislation on Friday. As a result of the House’s passage, the legislation is now ready for President Joe Biden’s signature.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “John Rose” by John Rose. 



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4 Thoughts to “Congressman John Rose Votes ‘No’ on Deficit Spending Bill to Assist Ukraine”

  1. 83ragtop50

    More garbage passed through Congress. Few of the members of Congress have the backbone to shut down the government until a real budget can be passed. These never-ending votes to kick the can down the road is disgusting and a dereliction of responsibility.

  2. Cannoneer2

    Didn’t PPP add to the National Debt?

    1. DavidClyde

      PPP loans weren’t perfect but they didn’t go to that little rat in a green t-shirt in the Ukraine.

      1. Cannoneer2

        Well… doesn’t much matter… Putin is getting his backside handed to him at present anyway…Let’s Go Putin!!