Greene said she didn’t back the bill because she believes additional money for Israel hasn’t been justified and the U.S. has more pressing needs domestically.
“You see the reason why I voted ‘no’ today, and not that I’ll always be a no for Israel’s defense, is because I’m unapologetically America first,” Greene said in a video posted on her social media. “And today in America, we have an open-border-driven national security crisis.”
Democrats criticized Republicans for taking the unusual step of coupling emergency funding with a spending cut of an equal amount and for refusing to include money for Ukraine. They also pointed out that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said reducing the IRS budget would lead to a $12.5 billion increase in the deficit because it would reduce tax collections.
Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, has said the bill is a nonstarter in that chamber, and President Joe Biden has promised to veto it if it lands on his desk.
Still, most GOP members heralded their vote as a show of support for Israel as it continues its war with Hamas.
“This bill will help Israel do exactly what it needs to do,” U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, said in a floor speech during debate on the bill. “And that’s defend itself.”
HOW THEY VOTED ON H.R. 6126, EMERGENCY AID FOR ISRAEL
U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, R-Augusta
U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler
U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens
U.S. Rep. Mike Collins, R-Jackson
U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-The Rock
U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville
U.S. Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Suwanee
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia
U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta
U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta
U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta