14 Republicans voted against a resolution condemning the military coup in Myanmar. The resolution passed in a 398-14 vote.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, who voted against the measure, said that “we can’t simply be the military police for the entire world.”
“When we do that, that’s how we end up in Afghanistan for 20 years, that’s how we end up having military personnel in over 100 nations,” Biggs said. “The resolutions won’t stop the military junta.”
Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck, Ted Budd, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Thomas Massie, Mary Miller, Alex Mooney, Barry Moore, Scott Perry, and Chip Roy voted against the resolution. The GOP lawmakers were concerned about the language used in the resolution regarding election integrity.
“Whereas the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] claimed they had evidence of parliamentary election fraud perpetrated by the NLD and Burma’s Union Election Commission, an allegation that contradicted the judgment of several independent election monitoring organizations that the electoral process and outcome were credible despite minor irregularities,” the House resolution states.
Lawmakers are stunned that the GOP lawmakers voted against the resolution.
“I don’t mean to be naive, but this idea that we can’t say that our own election was legitimate, and we can’t talk about elections around the world because it reflects back [on our own],” Rep. Andy Levin said. “There are still democracies hanging on by a thread in this world.”
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, at least 224 protestors have been killed and about 2,258 have been arrested.