McConnell: Senate Must Pass Urgent Funding Bill for Ukraine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine:
“For months, the brave people of Ukraine have been fighting valiantly in a war they did not ask for. Their defense of their homeland from the Russian invasion has already far surpassed the expectations of the skeptics.
“Ukraine is not asking anybody else to do their fighting for them. They ask only for the resources they need to defend themselves against this lawless aggression.
“I strongly support the next package of lethal military assistance which the House has passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.
“I hope the Senate can reach an agreement to consider and pass this legislation today.
“Helping Ukraine is not an instance of mere philanthropy. It bears directly on America’s national security and vital interests that Russia’s naked aggression not succeed and carries significant costs. If Ukraine fails to repel Russian aggression, there is no question that the threat to American and European security will grow.
“Our nation’s history is packed with painful reminders that America cannot wish away global problems that affect us and our allies simply by burying our head in the sand.
“I applaud the strong Republican vote for this crucial assistance in the House and urge my Senate colleagues on both sides to help us pass this urgent funding bill today.”
Related Issues: National Security, Russia, Senate Democrats