Ukraine-born Congresswoman Voted Against Aid to Homeland

( – A Ukraine-born Republican Congresswoman has spoken out against continued US aid to her homeland, saying American lawmakers should put America first. Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana, the first and only Ukraine-born member of the US Congress, said the United States should not write “black checks” to Kyiv. She confirmed at a recent primary election event that she voted against a recent $61 billion aid bill. The conservative lawmaker said securing the southern US border should be America’s top priority.

During a debate in Hamilton County, Indiana, where Spartz faces tough GOP competition, she said she was “appalled” by the assumption that she would support financial aid to Ukraine, partly because she believes much of it will be wasted.

During a recent interview, Spartz said that while she is proud of her heritage, she believes Zelenskyy is weak and surrounded by corrupt people, which Russia takes advantage of. She described Ukraine’s leader as a “puppet” encircled by individuals who are easily bought. She also expressed astonishment that her refusal to support America’s financial support for Zelenskyy should attract so much criticism. “As an American Congresswoman, I shouldn’t question a foreign government?” she asked.

State Rep. Chuck Goodrich, considered Spartz’s toughest competitor in the GOP primaries, has previously slammed the Congresswoman for putting Ukraine first, but she trounced her competitors in the 2020 field with support from Donald Trump. The former President has not, however, repeated his endorsement this year, even though Spartz remains a firm Trump backer.

The 45-year-old Republican moved to the United States in 2000 after meeting her future husband during a train journey in Europe. She initially found work as a bank teller in the Hoosier State and later taught at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The Republican was actively involved in Indiana politics and was selected as a replacement for an outgoing state lawmaker in 2017. She served three terms in the state legislature before entering the US House of Representatives.

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