H.Res. 162, Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity

H.Res. 162

Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity

Sponsor
Rep. Eliot L. Engel

Date
March 23, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, March 23, 2015, the House will consider H. Res.__, a resolution Calling on the President to provide Ukraine with military assistance to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, under suspension of the rules. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).

Bill Summary

H.Res. __ resolves that the House of Representatives strongly urges the President to fully and immediately exercise the authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapon systems to enhance the ability of the people of Ukraine to defend their sovereign territory from the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation. The resolution notes that the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey have expressed some level of support for providing such weapon systems to Ukraine.

Background

The Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, has engaged in relentless political, economic, and military aggression to subvert the independence and violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This aggression includes the illegal and forcible occupation of Crimea by Russian military and security forces and the establishment and control of violent separatist proxies with lethal weapons in other areas of Ukraine. These armed separatist militias are responsible for more than 6,000 deaths, the wounding of more than 15,000, and the displacement of more than one million people.[1]

On September 18, 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress, at which he thanked the United States for the military assistance it has provided to defend the freedom and territorial integrity of his country. He further asked for “both non-lethal and lethal” military assistance to support his country’s efforts to maintain its territorial integrity.[2]

On December 11, 2014, the House passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 5859, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which authorized the President to send weaponry to Ukraine and enforce further sanctions on the Russian Federation. Despite signing the bill into law on December 18, 2014 (Public Law 113-272), President Obama has not sent lethal, defense weapons to Ukraine.  H.Res. __ urges the President to fully and immediately exercise the authorities provided by this law to better support Ukraine in its efforts to defend its sovereignty.

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[1] See H.Res__ at 2.
[2] Id.

Cost

The resolution will not have any impact on federal spending.

Additional Information

For questions or further information, contact the House Republican Conference at 5-5107.