WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after President Biden requested $33 billion in supplemental aid for Ukraine.

“President Biden’s additional request for funding to aid the people of Ukraine – who have shown remarkable courage in the face of Putin’s war – will support the ongoing fight to protect their democracy. Congress and the American people remain ironclad in our commitment to helping Ukrainians defend themselves from Russia’s unprovoked aggression. The United States, its allies, and its partners have delivered security assistance to the Ukrainian military with unprecedented speed since Putin’s invasion began, and this supplemental package will be critical in the next phase of this war.

“Standing with Ukraine means not only providing the Ukrainian military with effective equipment on the battlefield, but also helping meet the everyday needs of the Ukrainian people. We must deliver vital humanitarian aid to Ukrainians displaced by Putin’s war, help neighboring countries as they welcome Ukrainian refugees, and prevent Russia’s invasion from seriously disrupting the global food supply chain supported by Ukrainian harvesters. President Biden’s supplemental request will do just that.”