March 7, 2014 at 9:19 AM
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today took two steps in support of Ukraine's new, pro-Western government.
The Seventh District lawmaker voted in favor of H.R. 4152, legislation to extend U.S. loan guarantees to the new government in Kiev. That bill passed the U.S. House by a vote of 385 to 23.
“The House today has acted swiftly and in a bipartisan capacity to help shore up the Ukraine’s economy, which is suffering from Russia’s military intervention this week,” said Lance.
Lance and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today introduced bipartisan legislation to help expedite the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas to our global allies, including Ukraine and other Eastern European nations currently at the mercy of Russian energy supplies. The U.S. House may take up the measure next week.
“Expediting U.S. liquefied natural gas exports serves our national security interests as an aggressive Russian regime looks to expand power in former Soviet Union countries,” commented Lance. "This legislation helps our allies in the Eastern European region and across the globe while creating jobs and economic opportunity here in the U.S.”
Lance said that taken together these actions put needed pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.
"Both measures send a clear signal that Congress intends stand with the Ukrainian people and against Putin and Russia’s aggressive regime,” concluded Lance.