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Houses Passes the STAND for Ukraine Act

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Washington, September 22, 2016 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Yesterday, the House unanimously passed H.R. 5094, the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act (or STAND for Ukraine Act) by a voice vote to send a strong message of support for Ukraine.
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House unanimously passed H.R. 5094, the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act (or STAND for Ukraine Act) by a voice vote to send a strong message of support for Ukraine.  Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) co-authored this bill with Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) in April 2016 and garnered strong bipartisan support to move the bill to the House floor. The legislation seeks to contain, reverse, and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine, to support the sovereignty of Crimea against Russia’s illegal annexation, and to ultimately assist Ukraine’s democratic transition.

Upon the bill’s passage, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

“As a nation, we must STAND with our allies and we must STAND for Ukraine. I’m proud of the bill’s passage and thank Congressman Engel for his hard work in getting this legislation through the committee. This legislation shows American support for Ukraine in a number of ways while also putting additional pressure on Russia for its continued violation of Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty. Today, the House acted to stand with Ukraine legislatively and most effectively.”

Last night, Congressman Kinzinger also submitted remarks to the Congressional Record in support of this legislation, and those remarks can be found here and below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 5094.  Ukraine continues to face significant challenges from Russian meddling and aggression.  We in Congress are under no illusions when seeing Vladimir Putin’s true intentions for Ukraine. 

“Vladimir Putin and Russia are tearing Europe apart.  Russian-backed separatists continue their shelling of Ukrainian military positions in Donetsk and Donbass, which in some cases has killed civilians. 

“Additionally, Vladimir Putin and Russia are delivering bombs on medical facilities and on children in Syria. Further proof that they are no ally of ours.

“Rather than continuing to negotiate with Putin, we need to stand up to him.  The best way to push back against Russia is to give the Ukrainians what they need to defend their sovereign territory, such as lethal weaponry to counter the Russian-backed “little green men.” 

“This important bill does a number of things to continue to show American support for Ukraine while also putting additional pressure on Russia for its continued violation of Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty.

“More importantly, this bill states the the United States will never recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea, which it illegally annexed in 2014.

“This bill would also enhance our sanctions regime on Russia for its ongoing illegal and destabilizing activities against Ukraine. 

“In our history, we have always seen the impact that our nation has on others when we stand up and help them achieve a better tomorrow.  It is imperative that we continue to help Ukraine achieve that better future for its citizens. 

“Mr. Speaker, I was proud to work with Congressman Eliot Engel to introduce this critical bill.  By reaffirming U.S. support for Ukraine’s self-defense, emphasizing that we never have nor will recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and by holding Russia accountable for its continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, we will ‘Stand with Ukraine’ legislatively and most effectively.”

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