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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Urgent Need For The Senate To Approve Emergency Assistance For The People Of Ukraine

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the urgent need for the Senate to approve House-passed emergency funding to help to the Ukrainian people in their continued fight against Russia. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:

Yesterday, the House voted on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to approve a $40 billion emergency aid package to support the people of Ukraine in their fight against Putin’s aggression.

This package is large, it is very much needed, and I am going to work with my colleagues to make sure we can move forward on this package as soon as we can. The President has called on both chambers of Congress to act quickly, so act quickly we must. The House vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan and it should be no different in this chamber.

Time is of the essence, because President Biden has made clear that the aid provided by Congress a few months ago is now near its end. As we acted quickly and decisively a few months ago, we must do so again very, very soon, and I will make sure this is a priority for the Senate.

We have a moral obligation to stand with our friends in Ukraine. The fight they are in is a struggle between democracy and authoritarianism itself, and we dare not relent or delay swift action to help our friends in need.