WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today after the House passed the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4152, the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 and S. 2183, United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions.
“Today the House voiced its steadfast commitment to stand beside the Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom. The United States will not tolerate Russia’s egregious violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Today the House has spoken in bipartisan support, authorizing democracy and civil assistance for Ukraine during this critical time. We must ensure all of Ukraine’s citizens access to uncensored, accurate reporting, and by increasing U.S. international broadcasting in the region, we can enable an important free flow of information. By implementing sanctions, we’re sending a message to Russia that its behavior is intolerable and its actions will not go unpunished.
“Inspirational young leaders like Yulia Marushevska are fighting for freedom from the fist of Putin, and I am moved by the great work her video has done to shed light on what the Ukrainian people are experiencing. By fearlessly standing up and speaking out, Yulia and others are making their voices heard, helping to ensure a peaceful and secure future for Ukraine.”
Yulia Marushevska, a Kyiv Ph.D student, is the creator of the YouTube video “I am a Ukrainian.” Her video has received nearly 8 million views and offers a firsthand account of the protests and struggle against Russian aggression in Crimea.