Kaptur Urges Congressional Support for Legislation Supporting Pro-Democracy Movement in Ukraine
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-9) this evening urged colleagues to stand up for the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine by passing House Resolution 447.
“Passage of this bipartisan legislation will put Congress squarely on the side of the Ukrainian people,” said Congresswoman Kaptur, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.
Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engle (D-NY), the measure calls on the U.S. and the European Union to support a peaceful resolution to the political crisis in Ukraine.
The bill urged all parties in the protracted political struggle “to engage in constructive dialogue to find a peaceful solution to Ukraine’s current political and economic crisis.”
Furthermore, it calls on the government of Ukraine to pursue the perpetrators of violence against pro-democracy protestors and threatens economic sanctions against Ukraine if the government continues to violently repress the protestors’ rights.
“Over the past few months, we have stood witness as Ukrainians have risen up, united in their desire for a freer, more transparent, and democratic Ukraine,” Kaptur said in remarks on the House floor. “The passage of this legislation is one more small stand in solidarity, one small opportunity to lend our support to those Ukrainians peacefully demonstrating in the freezing, bitter cold for a better future.”
Kaptur quoted the opening words of the Ukrainian national anthem: “Ukraine’s glory has not died, nor her freedom. Upon us, fellow compatriots, fate shall smile once more.”