Updates from the House Armed Services Committee Majority's response to Vladimir Putin's unprovoked and unlawful war against Ukraine
Smith Praises House Passage of Supplemental Aid Package for Ukraine
Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, which includes nearly $40 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian support to Ukraine.
“The people of Ukraine have inspired the world with their courageous fight against Vladimir Putin’s unlawful aggression. More help is on the way from the American people thanks to this supplemental aid package. Support from the United States, our allies, and our partners has made a difference in the hands of Ukrainians – not only on the battlefield, but also in the daily lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians who have been displaced or otherwise harmed by Russia’s unprovoked war.
“As the conflict shifts in Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions, this new chapter in the war is requiring new kinds of support for the Ukrainian people. The supplemental aid package passed by the House today will deliver exactly that, building on the Biden-Harris administration’s monthslong efforts to stand with Ukraine, hold Putin accountable with punishing economic measures, reinforce NATO’s Eastern flank, and do so in concert with U.S. allies and partners. Together, these efforts will support the Ukrainian military’s continued success.
“Countries around the world face a choice between Putin’s failed formula of violent aggression, or a rules-based international order with the promise of safety and stability for everyone. Right now, Russia is losing. President Zelenskyy and the legitimate Ukrainian government remain in power in Kyiv, and Vladimir Putin has become a global pariah. By passing this legislation today, the House has provided vital help to continue that success and has again shown that the American people stand with Ukraine.”
Smith Statement on President Biden’s Supplemental Request for Ukraine Assistance
Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, 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.”
Smith Supports New Consequences for Putin’s War
Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the United States, in coordination with other G7 countries and the European Union, imposed new, severe costs on Vladimir Putin and the Russian economy as part of their sustained, unified response to Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine:
“Banning investments in Russia and strengthening restrictions on Russia’s financial system — in coordination with our allies and partners — is the right move. Putin’s brutal war will not go unpunished. Harsh economic measures will deepen his challenges at home and make it harder for him to continue his unlawful aggression. With these measures, members of Putin’s own family and inner circle will also experience additional economic costs as a result of their complicity in his violence. The images we have seen coming from Bucha show just how little regard Vladimir Putin has for innocent human life and the rule of law. He must be held accountable. We must stand with the Ukrainian people, increase pressure on the Russian economy, and do so with our allies and partners in Europe and around the world.”
Hearing: “Fiscal Year 2023 Defense Budget Request”
On April 5, the Committee received testimony about the Department of Defense's budget for fiscal year 2023. "From the Secretary’s statement, it is clear the President’s FY2023 defense budget and the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS) are aligned," Chairman Adam Smith said in his prepared opening statement. "There is a clear emphasis on China as the pacing challenge and the acute threat from Russia. Integrated deterrence in the NDS will, rightly, focus on partners and allies and all instruments of national power."
Chairman Smith also discussed the consequences of Russia's unlawful invasion of Ukraine for international security and America's national security priorities. "We do not want Russia and other aggressive countries to think that, by force, they can attack their neighbors and expand their territory," he said.
Hearing: “National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activity in Europe”
The full Committee met on March 30 to examine Department of Defense policies, programs, and activities in the U.S. European Command area of operations. "The Euro-Atlantic region," Chairman Smith said in his prepared remarks, "is one of the most crucial theaters for U.S. national security, because it simultaneously encompasses one of the most robust collections of allies and partners and one of the adversaries most willing to take drastic action to upend the rules-based international order. Russia has underscored that point with a war of choice, launching an unprovoked further invasion of Ukraine that has produced enormous suffering. The United States, its allies, and partners have responded with a nearly unprecedented show of unity, leveraging our collective capabilities and resources – both military and nonmilitary – to support the Ukrainian people in their fight against this assault and raise the costs for Russia of aggression."
Smith Praises House Passage of Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable and Support Ukraine
Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7108, the Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act, which would revoke permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status for Russia and Belarus and strengthen the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act:
“The United States, its allies and partners, and the whole world must stand with the Ukrainian people. Congress has an important role to play in supporting Ukraine and holding Vladimir Putin accountable, and this legislation will strengthen the Biden-Harris administration’s already extensive efforts to use our sharpest economic tools. Following President Zelenskyy’s virtual address to Congress, this demonstration of support for Ukraine from the American people’s elected representatives could not come at a more crucial time.”
Smith Reacts to President Zelenskyy’s Virtual Address to Congress
Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a virtual address to a joint gathering of Congress on Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine:
“President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people have demonstrated incredible courage in the face of Russian aggression and the tenacity of their resistance has been an inspiration. The United States and its allies and partners should continue to help the Ukrainians – offering humanitarian assistance, military aid, and more – while ensuring that Russia’s war in Ukraine does not widen. Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine has created a tragedy on a devastating scale, as President Zelenskyy described so clearly today.
“The United States under the leadership of the Biden-Harris administration has taken decisive action to hold Putin accountable and to stand with Ukraine. We will continue to support the Ukrainian people in their defense.”
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