Womack Backs Legislation to Support Ukraine and Deter Russia
Congressman Womack advocates for and cosponsors legislation to support Ukraine and deter Russia
Washington, January 26, 2022
Washington, DC – January 26, 2022….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today announced his support for the Guaranteeing Ukraine’s Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense Act (GUARD Act). The legislation provides critical protection to Ukraine as it faces the threat of an invasion from Russia by immediately sanctioning Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline and increasing support for Ukraine’s freedom.
Congressman Womack said, “As Vice President, Joe Biden stood idle as Russia annexed Crimea. Now, as the leader of the free world, he’s watching Putin’s unchecked aggression and escalation of troops on Ukraine’s border. Moscow can’t be allowed to steal the sovereignty of the Ukrainian people. Peace through strength doesn’t happen through appeasement. This legislation provides deterrence by establishing direct consequences against invasion and Kremlin hostility.”
This legislation would:
Read the full text of the bill here.
Cosponsoring and advocating for the GUARD Act builds on Congressman Womack’s continued work to combat authoritarian regimes. He has long been an opponent of the Putin-led Nord Stream 2 pipeline and consistently taken legislative action to stop its development. He has previously met with Ukrainian parliamentary leaders and heard firsthand about the real-world implications of Nord Stream 2, including how the completed project will undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and security and allow Russia to continue its malign behavior. Womack has been a steadfast supporter of defense efforts and programs to deter Russian influence through the appropriations process, as well as policies advancing Ukraine’s goals of peace, freedom, and democracy.
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.