Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022

Floor Speech

Date: April 28, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. COHEN. Madam Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding.

Madam Speaker, I rise to support this important legislation that Congressman Wilson and I have cosponsored. We have had bipartisan support on this legislation as well.

It is important that we support Ukraine in every way possible. America does not have to give up its blood from our soldiers in this war, we only have to give our treasure. What a bargain that is for America. We supply and help Ukrainians fight the Russians. Putin sees this as a war against America and the West. We are fortunate. Eventually, it would come to NATO lands, and it will be our blood, not just our treasure that we would have to give.

The Ukrainians are doing a great job, but they need our help and support. I hope they get airplanes, too. Every bomb that falls on the people in the hospitals and kills innocent lives could be prevented, and we should try to do all we can to prevent it.

Madam Speaker, I met today with the President of Georgia. I met with the President of Kosovo. They both are concerned that Putin's got his eyes on their countries as well. And he does. He is looking at the Balkans. He is looking at the Baltic, where I visited Lithuania. I have been to Estonia and Latvia; he desires those countries, too. He wants to put together a repeat of what they had as the great Russian empire. And he won't be stopped unless we do it. If we can do it with Ukrainian men and women fighting, we are lucky and we are fortunate, and we should do all we can to help them.

Putin is a bully, and you don't stop a bully with kindness and negotiations. You have to stand up to that person. Stand up to the bully. That is the only thing they understand and respect.

We need to continue our sanctions and sanction him into oblivion. We need to support Ukraine or else this war will go on and America will be at risk of being personally involved. Ukraine is the battleground now. America will be next through NATO and other efforts of Putin.

Glory to Ukraine. Glory to the United States of America.

Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Madam Speaker, I continue to reserve the balance of my time.