Sen. Kelly Votes to Pass Bipartisan Emergency Aid Package for Ukraine
Today, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, a 25-year Navy veteran, voted to pass a bipartisan emergency aid package to support Ukraine as they continue to fight back against Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion. The military and humanitarian assistance package includes funding for food and medicine, restocking weapons, training for Ukrainian military forces, intelligence equipment, and operational costs of American servicemembers in the region.
“Ukrainians have shown incredible resolve and resilience in the face of Vladimir Putin’s illegal and unprovoked war. This emergency aid package will equip Ukrainian forces with the additional weapons and resources needed to defeat the Kremlin’s assault on their democracy. In order to ensure Putin’s defeat, we must remain united in our support for Ukraine and continue coordinating and working closely with our NATO allies,” said Senator Kelly, Chair of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.
Earlier this week, Kelly met virtually with Ukrainian Arizona constituents and welcomed Ukrainian advocates visiting Washington, DC to his office to hear their concerns about the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russian war crimes, and discussed how the United States can continue its strong support for Ukraine. Kelly recently traveled to Europe and Asia on a nine-day congressional delegation where he met with Ukrainian refugees, U.S. servicemembers, and American military leadership in Poland and Germany.
Since the start of the war, Kelly has repeatedly condemned Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, voted in favor of sanctions related to the Nordstream 2 pipeline that was built to bring Russian natural gas to Europe, and called for maximum sanctions on Putin and his backers. Through his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (ETC), which oversees security cooperation policy, Kelly has secured military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine and helped pass a previous bipartisan aid package that provided more weapons and other aid to Ukraine.