Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 7691, a bill that would provide additional assistance to Ukraine and other partners in the region.
Ten weeks ago, we witnessed Russia begin its attack on the sovereign nation of Ukraine.
To support Ukraine and our allies during this unprovoked, illegal, and appalling attack, Congress provided nearly 14 billion dollars in emergency funding through the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills.
That funding has been crucial in Ukraine’s efforts to fight back against Putin’s evil invasion.
The bill before us today would provide roughly $40 billion in assistance to address the ongoing conflict.
With Russia continuing to take control of the country, more resources are needed to:
- Provide military assistance to Ukrainian forces;
- Address the humanitarian crisis created by this conflict; and
- Support our allies in the region.
A large portion of the bill will also go to backfill DOD’s weapons and equipment.
The United States has the best weapons in the world, and it is critical that we not only supply those to our allies in their time of need – as we have done to Ukraine – but that we ensure our own troops continue to have what they need.
As China, Iran, and North Korea watch our response, we must show the world that America stands firm with its allies and will do what is necessary to protect our interests abroad.
For these reasons, I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.
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