HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The Russia-Ukraine war that broke out on February 24, 2022, is very complicated. Many still have questions about whether to provide aid to Ukraine as well as how much they should give. Some members of Congress have been delaying taking action, whereas some others would like to offer help. This article will highlight five members of Congress supporting Ukraine through solid commitments.
1. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D) of Ohio’s 9th District
As a co-founder and co-chair of the Ukraine Caucus, Kaptur has a dedication to making sure that the U.S. is Ukraine’s constant companion on the latter’s journey towards liberty. Kaptur has been working hard since the dawn of the Russia-Ukraine war. She attaches great importance to humanitarian assistance, absolute support and the incorporation of internally displaced people. The Ukraine Caucus co-founder also places importance on an effective diplomatic measure facilitating the total restoration of Ukrainian territorial sovereignty.
On May 2, 2022, Kaptur publicly instructed Toledo, Ohio residents on how to efficiently help Ukraine. She said the emphasis should be on moral support to refugees and she advised checking organizations running Ukrainian programs on the Department of State’s website to make direct donations. Moreover, Kaptur suggested saving for upcoming recovery efforts.
2. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D) of San Francisco, California’s 12th District
Pelosi, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, is currently the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives. Regarding the Russia-Ukraine war, Pelosi is one of the members of Congress supporting the people of Ukraine. She made every possible effort to ensure the passing of the $33 billion Ukraine aid package, including declaring her wish to push U.S. Congress to provide support in her weekly news conference.
May 1 marked Pelosi’s unannounced visit to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. One day after her meeting with the Ukrainian President, Pelosi told the press in Poland that “America stands with Ukraine. We stand with Ukraine until victory is won.” To be clearer, she continued, “Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done.”
3. Representative Victoria Spartz (R) of Indiana’s 5th District
Among other members of Congress supporting Ukraine, Spartz has had sharp reactions to the Russia-Ukraine war, considering she is the first Ukrainian-born lawmaker in Congress. Spartz has been pushing for the U.S. to give more weapons and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
On March 1, Spartz made a poignant plea in a GOP-led conference, asking for more help and denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin. Spartz stated that “This is not a war,” and “This is genocide of the Ukrainian people.”
To date, she has made a total of four visits to Ukraine. She has also introduced bills such as H.R.7039 (the Volunteer Fighters Exemption Act of 2022) and H.R.6981 (the American Ammo in Defense of Ukraine Act), as well as sponsored bills similar to S.3522 (the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022).
4. Senator Ben Cardin (D) of Maryland
Over his career in Congress, Cardin has focused on the betterment of U.S. national security as well as the maintenance of fine governance, transparency and respect for human rights in U.S. foreign policy. He fervently advocates for Ukraine in the Russia-Ukraine war.
On January 19, Cardin, together with his colleagues, introduced Senate S.3522 (the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act), which aims to supply Ukraine with military equipment to enhance the nation’s defense capacity.
Additionally, in a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin pointed out that U.S. diplomacy strategies require correction and enhancement to develop rapport with such non-NATO members as Ukraine and Georgia, given the failure of The Trump administration’s foreign policy.
Cardin’s letter to Fellow Marylanders on May 27 acted as a reminder for citizens to give more support to Ukrainians.
5. Representative Michael McCaul (R) of Texas’ 10th District
McCaul is the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which places stress on laws influencing the diplomatic community.
On January 10, McCaul introduced H.R.6367 (The Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense (GUARD) Act of 2022) to promote accountability for Russia. Then, he went on with H.R.7276 (the Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act) on March 29, which passed in the House on April 6.
His visit to Poland to examine the Ukraine border with Chairman Meeks had a profound impact on them. McCaul told an interviewer from Wall Street Journal that the image of an influx of refugees entering Poland to escape from their country was frightening and that this brought about their “very bipartisan manner.”
Recently, the $40 billion bill to provide aid to Ukraine attracted no votes from Republicans, engendering rumors about isolationist tendencies. McCaul firmly denied that by stating that “There’s still very, very strong bipartisan support for Ukraine against the horrors of what Mr. Putin is doing,” to RFE/RL’s Ray Furlong in Prague on May 25. This statement came after the explanation some Republicans were concerned about the size of the bill, while some were unable to respond within a limited amount of time.
A Look Ahead
In conclusion, these five members of Congress, who have given generous support to Ukraine in the Russia-Ukraine war, deserve praise and encouragement. Their bipartisan support proves that the U.S. is on Ukraine’s side and that assistance to Ukraine should remain strong.
– Lan Nguyen