Pelosi demands all member briefings on Ukraine


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Asked all members to explain the changing situation in Ukraine as the potential for Russia’s aggression could increase.

In recent weeks, Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops on its western border with Ukraine, including infantry, tanks, other armored vehicles, and the Navy. In response to this military buildup, President Joe Biden is considering sending US troops to Eastern European countries, setting the stage for a potentially large-scale war between the two superpowers.

Biden has been in talks with the Kremlin for several weeks, but Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to build troops along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Due to this volatile situation, the United States “with great care” ordered the evacuation of diplomatic staff’s families from Kiev and approved the voluntary departure of non-essential staff. After the State Department’s announcement, Britain ordered the evacuation of some staff and envoy families.

Currently, Pelosi’s request has the potential to increase parliamentary involvement in the up-and-coming crisis and has reportedly called for a full member briefing on Ukraine’s development.

In recent decades, Congress has taken an increasingly lethal approach to armed conflict, with presidents and military staff making important military decisions, primarily on their own. Parliament occasionally grants the president permission to use force and speaks out about military action, but modern-day commanders-in-chief control military issues almost unilaterally.

Pelosi’s demands indicate that if the United States wages a war with Russia, Congress may not be willing to allow this situation to continue, and Congress seeks a more active role in foreign policy. ..

A White House spokesman asked about Pelosi’s request. “We have been in close consultation with the members of the leader from the beginning,” Jen Psaki told reporters.

“We are confident that we are working to meet the needs and needs of our members,” Psaki added.

Parliament has had little agreement over the past year, but the Democratic and Republican bipartisan coalition has spent the past few weeks showing support for armed conflict with Eurasian superpowers, some of which are the next steps for the United States. Commented on. We need to respond to the buildup of the Russian army.

One of the most popular options proposed prior to the aggression is increased sanctions. The United States has imposed sanctions on Russia since it occupied the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, rarely persuading Putin to return its territory, but the Democratic Party has a much more restrictive sanctions bill. Are gathering around.

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Menendez’s “Mother of All Sanctions” bill adds new sanctions to the Russian banking and financial sector, as well as individual high-level Russian government and military leaders. Will impose sanctions on.

“It goes far beyond the typical sanctions we use,” Menendez said. Said Introducing MSNBC. He argued that the bill could be sufficient to force Russia’s drawdown before the invasion, but urged it to pass before, not after Russia’s invasion.

“The effort here is to prevent Russia from entering,” Menendez explained.

In addition, the bill approves about $ 500 million in military aid to Ukraine, which is in line with Senate Republican demands.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell (Republican) called on the president to arm Ukraine after Biden suggested that the United States might not take action if Russia’s attack was only a “minor invasion.” ..

“I hope Vladimir Putin doesn’t misunderstand the message. Invasion of Ukraine is unacceptable,” McConnell said when he appeared on Fox News.

Specifically, McConnell called on the United States to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles. “The first task is to make sure that the Ukrainians have the tools to do serious damage to the incoming Russian army,” McConnell explained.

“They are testing us to see if they have any consequences to prevent us from preying on some of the other sovereign states,” McConnell said. “It hasn’t happened since World War II. I don’t think Vladimir Putin understands sovereignty.”

Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), A member of Congress, has so far suggested that if the United States invades Ukraine, it should accept a nuclear preemptive strike against Russia.

“We do not exclude the first nuclear weapons we use,” Wicker, a member of the Senate Military Commission, told Fox News.

Wicker and other Republicans have criticized Biden for contributing to the crisis, in part through his controversial decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. After 20 years of conflict in a distant desert country, Biden’s sudden withdrawal order led to the collapse of the democratic government of the American Alliance to Tullivan’s terrorist organization.

“What we were in Afghanistan sent an unwelcome and unwanted signal to China and other adversaries that the United States did not defend its allies,” Wicker claimed during a television appearance.

Josef Lord

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Josef Lord is a parliamentary reporter for the Epoch Times, which focuses on the Democratic Party. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Clemson University and was a scholar in the Lysiam Program.