WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in introducing the Never Yielding Europe’s Territory (NYET) Act to provide the critical support Ukraine needs to defend itself and deter ongoing Russian aggression, while imposing real costs on the Kremlin for its ongoing and potential future aggression against Ukraine.
“Since the Biden administration’s deferential foreign policy continues to create instability in Eastern Europe, Congress must take action,” Senator Capito said. “This comprehensive legislation not only sends a clear message that the United States won’t tolerate Russian aggression, it implements serious economic sanctions aimed at deterring Moscow from continuing down its current path. Importantly, this bill would also provide democratic Ukraine with the defense support it needs at this critical time. I encourage all of my colleagues to support this legislation and help send it to the president as soon as possible.”
“While a ‘military’ invasion has not yet occurred, there are other ways Russia can attack Ukraine that would be debilitating for Ukrainians and European security more generally,” Ranking Member Risch said. “Rather than simply restating authorities the president already has, the NYET Act takes immediate action to permanently stop Nord Stream 2, sends a powerful deterrent message, imposes heavy economic and military costs on Russia, strengthens U.S. allies and partners, and supports Ukraine via new authorities, funds, and tools. I hope the rest of our Senate colleagues will join us in providing this critical support to Ukraine immediately.”
Joining Senator Capito as cosponsors of Ranking Member Risch’s bill are Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Kennedy (R-La.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
The NYET Act:
Imposes real costs on Russia:
Supports Ukraine before, during, and after a Russian escalation:
Counters Russian malign influence and aggression throughout Europe:
Text of the NYET Act can be found here.
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