Rep Matt Gaetz announced he will join efforts in a Republican co-sponsor of an amendment to the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block the provision of cluster bombs to Ukraine.
The amendment was introduced by Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) and is co-sponsored by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), The Hill reported.
“I’m going to be the Republican co-sponsor of the Jacobs amendment before the House Rules Committee,” Gaetz said on his podcast.
The amendment reads:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no military assistance shall be furnished for cluster munitions, no defense export license for cluster munitions may be issued, and no cluster munitions or cluster munitions technology shall be sold or transferred.”
Gaetz said the NDAA would be voted on this week.
“We have an opportunity with bipartisanship to stand against the war-mongering Bidens,” he said.
“Children will be left without limbs and without parents because of this decision by Joe Biden if we do not work together in a bipartisan fashion to stop it,” Matt Gaetz said of the use of cluster bombs.
As The Daily Fetched noted, Cluster munitions Biden is sending to Ukraine are controversial due to the risk against civilians from “dud” submunitions, which can cause harm long after a conflict is over.
Cluster munitions were manufactured in the 1990s.
Kennedy F. Kennedy Junior also tweeted opposition to sending cluster bombs to Ukraine.
“Cluster bombs are munitions so horrific for civilians that more than a hundred nations have signed an international treaty banning them,” Kennedy posted on Twitter.
“Now the Biden administration is preparing to send them to Ukraine.”
Earlier this week, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby defended Joe Biden’s approving cluster bombs for Ukraine, which Kremlin says is a confession to imminent “war crimes.”
Kirby told ABC that “we can all agree that more civilians have been and will continue to be killed by Russian forces… than will likely be hurt by the use of these cluster munitions.”