Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014by Representative Eliot L. Engel
Posted on 2014-12-11
ENGEL. Madam Speaker, reserving the right to object, although I
don't intend to object, this is a very important measure. We need to
send this measure to the President's desk, and we need to do so
tonight. I am delighted that we are doing so.
It is clear that Russia is not only fomenting separatism in Ukraine, it is actively supporting the uprising and sending troops to back it up. This is an invasion, plain and simple.
I am concerned that the Kremlin's designs don't stop with Ukraine. Putin is already putting substantial pressure on our NATO allies and our European friends. We must not bow to his aggression.
If we don't act now, where will we be in 6 months? Where will we be in 2 years? Where will we be in a decade? Since the Cold War, a vision has emerged of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. That reality is within reach. Putin's aggression puts that future in dire jeopardy. We cannot let that hope die.
We need to let President Putin know loudly and clearly we will not stand for his blatant disregard of international law, we will not abandon our friends, and, as the United States, we remain the world's champion of freedom, democracy, and the dignity of all people.
Madam Speaker, I would like to commend the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for sending the House this bill so that we can stand as one in the face of Russia's aggression. In the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman Royce and I, as ranking member, have worked together to say that we will not stand for Putin's aggression.
I think this is a very, very important thing to do, very important bill to pass.
With that, I withdraw my reservation of objection.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Pennsylvania? =========================== NOTE =========================== December 11, 2014, on H10306, the following appeared twice: The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from California? The online version should be corrected to read: The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Pennsylvania? ========================= END NOTE =========================