WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) voted in support of legislation to sanction Russian officials involved in the aggression against Ukraine and provide support to the Ukrainian government. The legislation, the Ukraine Support Act (H.R. 4278), originated and was debated in the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where Rep. Kinzinger serves as a member.
“It’s long past time that Congress took a stance against Russia’s unacceptable actions, and I’m pleased to see the House take unified action today to condemn Russia and support our ally Ukraine,” said Kinzinger. “Russia needs to know that the United States is committed in its resolve to punish Russian leaders for their invasion of a sovereign country and are willing to do everything it takes to isolate them on the international stage. This legislation is a good first step, but more needs to be done to convey that America will not tolerate Russia’s reckless actions, and I stand ready to continue working with my colleagues to make that message clear.”
The Ukraine Support Act gives the President the power to freeze the assets of and implement visa bans on senior Russian political officials responsible for the annexation of Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula. The bill also supports Ukraine by authorizing loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government, bolstering transparency and anti-corruption efforts in the country, and supporting independent media outlets throughout Ukraine. In addition, the legislation encourages U.S. efforts to break Russia’s energy grip over Eastern Europe through exports of U.S. domestic energy.
Rep. Kinzinger has been outspoken in his call to isolate Russia for its aggression against Ukraine and previously expressed support for H.R. 4278 when it passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously on March 25, 2014. H.R. 4278 passed the full House of Representatives today 399 to 19 with strong bipartisan support and currently awaits action in the Senate.