The top Democrat in the US Senate emphasized the importance of Congress approving more aid for Ukraine as soon as possible after a meeting at the Capitol with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I told the members that right now, this courageous man is at the fulcrum of democracy and freedom, and my message to President Zelensky and to my colleagues was simple — America must always stand with our friends around the world, and that includes the people of Ukraine,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday.
Congress faces a deadline to pass a funding bill by the end of next week. Schumer said it is "very clear" that if there is a government shutdown or a temporary measure passed that does not include aid for Ukraine "the damage that would occur on Ukraine’s campaign would be devastating."
"In fact, to quote President Zelensky in the room — and this is a quote — he said, ‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war,’" Schumer said.
The majority leader argued that supporting Kyiv is bigger than just helping the Ukrainian people. He criticized some conservative Republicans for opposing Ukraine aid and attacked House Republicans for their partisan proposals for short-term government funding.
"As President Zelensky reminded us, it’s about American security as well, because a victorious Putin would be an emboldened Putin," Schumer said.