WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to swiftly take up and pass the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, which includes $39.8 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian support for Ukraine.

“The carnage and destruction wrought by Putin’s brutal invasion can’t be undone.  But this is a critical moment for the defense of Ukraine and Congress must swiftly act on a bipartisan basis to provide support.

“This assistance package will help Ukrainians as they bravely defend themselves, fight to maintain their independence, and resist further advancement by Putin’s troops and mercenaries.  The package will provide much needed aid to displaced Ukrainians whose cities and towns continue to face indiscriminate bombardment by Putin’s forces.

“The fate of Ukraine, European security, and democratic self-determination are all connected.  What happens in Ukraine doesn’t simply stay in Ukraine.  Putin’s invasion is causing Americans to pay more at the gas pump.  Putin’s forces are targeting Ukraine’s agricultural sector and choking its ability to export wheat, which is increasing food insecurity across the globe.

“Now is the time for the Senate to act.  Congress should send a strong message to Putin that Americans continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and that we are committed to supporting them as they fight bravely to defend their homeland.

“I also urge my Republican colleagues to stop their obstruction so we can take up and pass a clean, comprehensive COVID relief package without linking pandemic preparedness to the CDC’s Title 42 immigration or any other unrelated issues.”

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 368-57 yesterday to approve the Ukraine aid package.  All 57 no votes were cast by Republicans.