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Spartz’s Resolution Supporting Ukraine Passes House of Reps.

Today, the House of Representatives passed with near unanimous support H. Res. 956. U.S. Representative Victoria Spartz (R-IN) led the bipartisan resolution along with Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

This resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and the full withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory and expresses unequivocal support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It also backs the continued use of sanctions to fully isolate the Putin regime economically, urges the Russian Federation alongside United States allies and partners to guarantee safe passage out of the country, and urges the United States and its allies and partners to deliver additional and immediate defensive security assistance to Ukraine.

The final vote was 426-3, with 4 members not voting. The three nay votes were Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ); Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY); and Rep. Matthew Rosendale (R-KY). The four absent members were Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL); Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC); Rep. David Price (D-NC); and Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX). Spartz, who was born in Ukraine in 1978, prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, immigrated to the United States in 2000. Throughout the prelude to Russia’s invasion and following the invasion, she has been one of the most vocal supporters of Ukraine in the house. She has publicly called for both crippling sanctions on Russia and direct military assistance to the Ukrainian military.