WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe Friday announced the introduction of a bipartisan House Resolution aimed at urging the Biden administration to swiftly provide Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to Ukraine.
This resolution is co-sponsored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Subcommittee on Europe Ranking Member Bill Keating (D-MA), Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Jared Golden (D-ME).
“I am proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution, which calls upon the Biden administration to prioritize the provision of Army Tactical Missile Systems to Ukraine,” Kean said. “ATACMS can help Ukraine in its critical counteroffensive, and I hope this bipartisan message can unlock this long overdue policy decision.”
“By not giving Ukraine the weapons it needs to win this war, the administration is prolonging the conflict and costing countless Ukrainian lives,” said Chairman McCaul. “The success of Ukraine’s counteroffensive is directly tied to the military assistance provided by the U.S. and our allies. As such, it is extremely disappointing the administration is sitting on billions in remaining military funding with which it could immediately transfer ATACMS to Ukraine and, in turn, help their Armed Forces make a major difference on the battlefield.”
“Ukraine is at a pivotal point in their fight against Russian aggression. For this reason, I believe the U.S. should provide Ukraine with sufficient numbers of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), while still maintaining U.S. military readiness,” said Ranking Member Keating. “To ensure their success, the U.S. has worked with Ukraine to fulfill the vast majority of Ukraine’s weapons systems requests. While I do not believe we should be providing systems that cause indiscriminate harm to civilians, such as cluster munitions, ATACMS will allow Ukraine to strike high-value Russian military targets that are current inaccessible in Russian-occupied Ukraine.”
“We must provide the Ukrainians with what they need to win. This is war. The side that makes the decision to win is the side that will win,” said Rep. Lieu. “I’m pleased to cosponsor this resolution urging the Biden Administration to provide Ukraine with the long-range missile systems they have repeatedly requested. Currently, Russia’s arsenal of long-range missiles largely outnumbers that of Ukraine, putting Ukraine at a significant disadvantage. I applaud the United Kingdom and France for providing Ukraine with long-range missiles and believe the United States should follow suit. Providing Ukraine with these missiles will expand Ukraine’s capabilities and help Ukraine win.”
“Ukrainians have given everything to save their country and families from Putin’s genocidal invasion. Delays in sending critical weapons cost countless lives. Our allies have provided longer range munitions, trusting that Ukraine will use these weapons responsibly. The sooner Ukraine receives ATACMS, the sooner they can secure victory,” said Rep. Wilson.
“We should give the Ukrainians the things they need to win this war,” said Rep. Golden.