05.16.22

Daines Votes to Send Lethal Aid to Ukraine to Help End Putin’s War of Aggression

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after voting to advance sending aid to Ukraine:

“The United States stands as a beacon of hope and symbol of freedom around the world—we must continue to stand with Ukraine and help their brave warriors defeat Putin. As the first United States Senator to step foot inside Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, I saw firsthand the evil and bloodshed at the hands of Putin, but I also saw clear evidence that the military aid from the United States and our allies has been used to deliver major setbacks against Russian forces,” Daines said. “This is about peace through strength. Repelling Putin’s war of aggression is critical to our own national security as China and our adversaries are watching how the United States responds. If we fail to act, a nuclear armed Russia and our adversaries will grow bolder in their ambition for conquest and further increase hostility towards the United States.”

“Biden needs to stop appeasing the far-Left green radicals and unleash American energy. Energy security is national security, and if Biden has learned nothing over the last few months about the importance of supporting Made in America energy, he’s putting our national security in serious jeopardy,” Daines continued. 

Final passage should occur later this week.

 

Background:

In April, Daines became one of the first American leaders to visit Ukraine after Russia’s invasion.

On April 19, Daines pushed President Biden to take additional immediate actions to support Ukraine.

On May 10, Daines called on the Biden administration to impose tougher sanctions on Russia’s financial institutions following his visit to Ukraine.

 

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Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler