WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.Res.162, which calls on President Obama to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity against the Russian Federation:
“The House reflected the will of the people again today in passing a bipartisan call-to-action to help the Ukrainian people. There is an overwhelming support for sending military aid to help address the crisis in Ukraine. Without action from this administration, Russia's aggression will continue to be left unchecked. While Congress has already provided the White House with the authorities, resources, and political support to aid the government and people of Ukraine, today’s vote is yet another sign that the American people support action to help our ally. I applaud the Foreign Affairs Committee for its work, and I hope the president will take action and reassure our friends and allies that we stand behind them.”
NOTE: In December 2014, Congress passed H.R.5859, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. This bill, which passed by unanimous consent in the House and was signed into law, authorized the President to provide defense military systems, weaponry, and aid to the Ukrainian government while also enforcing further sanctions on the Russian Federation. The Obama administration has thus far failed to provide military support to Ukraine, prompting Speaker Boehner and a bipartisan group of members to send a letter to the White House earlier this month urging the president to do so. Read the full text of the letter here.