WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, Environment, and Cyber, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Armed Services Committee Lead Republican Mike Rogers (R-AL), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Lead Republican Mike Turner (R-OH) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to release the following statement on their plans to introduce the Never Yielding Europe’s Territory (NYET) Act.
This bill will impose meaningful sanctions on the Putin regime now for its destabilizing military buildup and the hybrid attacks it has already launched against Ukraine, as well as send a clear deterrent signal about the additional devastating consequences Russia would incur for a further invasion of Ukraine. The legislation also authorizes significant additional support for Ukraine and our NATO allies on the eastern flank now, during, and after an increasingly likely Russian escalation.
“As we have done before with other rogue powers, it is time for the United States to send a clear message: if Russia insists on threatening the sovereignty of another state and jeopardizing global security, there will be severe economic consequences and sweeping sanctions,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “Congress must act now to ensure that the United States continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine by providing our Ukrainian partners with the aid and resources they need to uphold their territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
“As the noose tightens around Ukraine, the Administration needs to allow our Democrat colleagues to work with us to pass meaningful bipartisan legislation to address growing Russian aggression,” said Ranking Member McCaul. “Congress must now step in and act where the president has failed to deter Putin’s belligerence. We are potentially just days away from what could be the largest invasion since World War 2, so we must impose consequences now on Putin, while also laying out the additional crippling penalties he would face after a further invasion of Ukraine.”
“This bill demonstrates our support for our Ukrainian partners while holding Putin and is inner circle accountable for their destabilizing aggression towards Ukraine,” said Ranking Member Turner. “If Russian forces invade a sovereign country, the consequences should be swift and crippling.”
This legislation would:
- Impose real costs on Russia pre- and post- invasion by:
- Sanctioning Putin’s cronies, enablers, and major banks BEFORE Russia further invades Ukraine to ensure Putin pays a price now for hybrid attacks already launched against Ukraine.
- Sending a clear deterrent message to Putin that an invasion of Ukraine will result in massive economic consequences to Russia’s economy, including:
- Sanctions on major Russian banks; and
- Secondary sanctions on banks that continue business with sanctioned Russian banks.
- Allowing any chairman or ranking member of a national security committee to force a determination from the president on whether Russia’s aggression against Ukraine constitutes a major escalation and fulfills conditions to trigger sanctions.
- Immediately stopping construction of the Nord Stream 2 project and mandating sanctions on the project without a waiver should Russia invade.
- Before a potential further invasion of Ukraine, immediately imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 if Germany re-starts the certification process.
- Denying exports of semiconductor technology to the Russian Federation, applying a foreign direct product rule to capture items made outside the United States and sanctioning any company that violates the United States’ export control policy on the Russian Federation.
- Provide support for Ukraine before, during, and after a Russian escalation by:
- Providing $500 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Ukraine, including $250 million in emergency funding, with $100 million for emergency lethal assistance for critical capabilities like air defense, anti-armor, and anti-ship capabilities.
- Creating a new Ukraine Resistance Fund to help Ukraine resist attempts to occupy or subjugate any new territory Russia seizes, while sending a clear message to Putin that his military will pay a price for advances into sovereign Ukrainian territory.
- Expediting congressional review of arms sales and security assistance to Ukraine.
- Designating Ukraine as a “NATO Plus” country to ensure the expeditious consideration of the sale of a range of U.S. defense articles and services.
- Reassure NATO’s Eastern Flank by:
- Doubling funding for U.S. military exercises in Europe.
- Creating a new State Department FMF program for Eastern Europe to help European allies strengthen their own defensive capabilities and incentivize greater burden-sharing.
- Boosting funding for State Department efforts to counter Russian disinformation, including the Global Engagement Center, and expanding broadcasting by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
- Establish stronger Congressional oversight over the Biden Administration’s use of Russia sanctions by:
- Providing Congress a veto over the removal of a wider range of Russia-related sanctions, including the Biden Administration’s April Executive Order 14024 (Blocking Property With Respect To Specified Harmful Foreign Activities Of The Government Of The Russian Federation).
- Establishing a mechanism to require the Administration to review certain persons submitted by Congress for eligibility for Russia-related sanctions.
- Reject Russia’s proposal for a deployment moratorium of intermediate-range ground-launched missiles in Europe and require a strategy on cooperation with NATO allies on conventional intermediate-range missiles.