Odd Man Out! Montana’s Rosendale Outvoted 426 to 3 on Resolution Supporting Ukraine

Montana’s Matt Rosendale was one of only three U.S. House of Representative Members who voted against a non-binding, bipartisan, blow-out congressional resolution last night, being outgunned 3 to 426 on a statement expressing support for the Ukrainian people and against the predations of Russia.

The resolution further condemned the unprovoked actions that have led to war and bloodshed, declaring the United States of America “stands steadfastly, staunchly, proudly and fervently behind the Ukrainian people in their fight against the authoritarian Putin regime.”

The Resolution (full text here) has several points including:

  • demands an immediate cease-fire and the full withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory;
  • supports, unequivocally, Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity;
  • declares that the war in Ukraine, a democratic country, is the frontline of democracy and freedom versus authoritarianism represented by Putin’s Russia
  • supports the right of the Russian people to protest, including the current protests against Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, and demands the immediate release of all those who have been unjustly detained in Russia for expressing their desire for peace.

There are some more tangibles that go beyond rhetoric, including:

  • backs the continued use of sanctions, in coordination with United States allies and partners, to fully isolate the Putin regime economically for its unprovoked aggression against Ukraine;
  • urges the United States and its allies and partners to deliver additional and immediate defensive security assistance to help Ukraine address the armored, airborne, and other threats Ukraine is currently facing from Russian forces;
  • promises to continue to provide significant additional aid and humanitarian relief to Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s aggression


The two other House members who did not vote for the resolution were both Republicans: Paul Gosar, of Arizona and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

While Rosendale has not publicly commented yet on the reasons for his “no” vote, he and the other two representatives have isolationist foreign policy tendencies, meaning that while they oppose the actions of Russia, they don’t believe the U.S. should get involved. All have previously tweeted their distaste for any sort of interventionist policy, with Rosendale saying that “the United States has no legal or moral obligation to come to the aid of either side of this conflict.”

While it is almost a certainty they would have supported the resolution were it merely a condemnation of Russia, it is the insistence of financial repercussions that has likely given him reason to pause. He previously said in a February 24 statement and then two days later:

Early last month, Rosendale introduced legislation, the Secure America’s Border First Act, that would block assistance to Ukraine, whether be it security or military, until the southern border is secure, emphasizing an “America First” ideology that says the country needs to get its own house in order before it gets involved in others, telling Fox News at the time:

“I think it’s quite hypocritical if someone in the U.S. Congress is willing to expend funds to secure a border overseas thousands of miles away while they’re not willing to secure our own border. And we are witnessing not a threat, but we are witnessing an absolute invasion that is taking place right now.”

The “no” vote, while in a minority, is a continuation of his convictions.

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