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Majority Leader Schumer Statement On Leading A Congressional Delegation To Ukraine To Meet With President Zelenskyy, On The Eve Of The Two-Year Anniversary Of The Russian Invasion, To Affirm The United States’ Support For The Ukrainian People

Lviv, Ukraine – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today released the following statement on his Congressional Delegation with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) into Ukraine. They are meeting with President Zelenskyy following the Senate passage of the National Security Supplemental, which would provide Ukraine with needed weapons and ammunition:

“I am leading this important Congressional delegation to meet with President Zelenskyy to do four important things: 

“One: We are here to show the Ukrainian people that America stands with them and will continuing fighting to get the funding they so desperately need and deserve. We will not stop fighting until we gain the aid. 

“Two: We are also here to show our NATO and European allies that we stand with them, and that the US is not deserting Europe or the long serving successful NATO alliance. 

“Three: We are here to learn in granular detail about the armaments Ukraine so vitally needs and the consequences of the failure to deliver them—the specific advantages Russia would gain if the arms are not delivered, and the advantages Ukraine would gain if the arms were delivered. 

“Four: We believe we are at an inflection point in history and we must make it clear to our friends and allies around the globe that the US does not back away from our responsibilities and allies. If we fail to stand by our allies there will be severe political, diplomatic, economic, and military consequences that will significantly hurt the American people over the next decades. 

“When we return to Washington, we will make clear to Speaker Johnson – and others in Congress who are obstructing military and economic support – exactly what is at stake here in Ukraine and for the rest of Europe and the free world. We will keep working to ensure Congress steps up, does the right thing, and delivers help for our friends and allies.”