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Schumer Uses Ukraine Visit To Pressure House on Ukraine Aid

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is leading a Senate delegation to Ukraine that is expecting to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev as part of an effort to jack up the pressure on the House of Representatives to act on Biden’s war budget bill. In a series of postings on his X account from Lviv, Schumer repeatedly proclaimed undying US support for the Kiev regime with statements such as “The House must pass the Senate’s national security bill,” and “The United States stands strongly with the people of Ukraine.”

In a statement on Feb. 23, Schumer laid out four objectives of the visit: to show the Ukrainian people that America supports them and will fight to get the aid; to demonstrate the U.S. is not deserting NATO and its European allies; to learn about the weapons Ukraine needs and what advantages Russia would gain if the arms are not delivered; and to recognize “there will be severe political, diplomatic, economic and military consequences that will significantly hurt the American people” if the U.S. abandons its allies.

“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,” Schumer said in the statement.

Schumer’s delegation includes four other senators, all Democrats: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed of Rhode Island; Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a member of Reed’s panel; Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, a member of the Intelligence Committee; and Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, chair of the Homeland Security subcommittee on Emerging Threats.