The House on Tuesday is expected to formally condemn Russia for its military action in the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, less than a week after passing a bill giving financial aid to Ukraine.
The Senate voted 58-42 Thursday to confirm Rose Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security — a role she has been working in for nearly two years.
Some Republicans opposed her nomination because they said she hadn’t done enough to ensure Russia is following its nuclear disarmament agreement with the United States. They said her confirmation would make the U.S. “less safe.”
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) on Wednesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin is similar to Adolf Hitler, as both seem to have the same interest in taking over sovereign countries.
The House on Thursday will vote on a bill that allows the U.S. to provide for loan guarantees to Ukraine, an effort to help aid the country that is being subject to a military intervention by Russia.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced a resolution Wednesday that calls on President Obama to isolate Russia through sanctions in order to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The resolution also urges the leadership of FIFA to reconsider its decision to place World Cup 2018 matches in Russia and instead award these games to “a more worthy alternative country.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that President Obama’s lack of leadership has “eroded” America’s credibility globally, making it more difficult for the United States to help Ukraine.
“This president has eroded American credibility in the world,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “We can now put to rest for good any notion that the relationship with Russia has been reset."
The House could vote as soon as this week to help its government stand up to Russia.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said President Obama’s lack of understanding of Vladimir Putin was to blame for the United State’s weak response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“This president does not understand Vladimir Putin,” McCain said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “It’s time this administration woke up about Vladimir Putin.”
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for scheduling a vote on President Obama’s nominee to lead arms control and international security at the State Department.
“President Obama appears to have decided to subvert the Senate in his effort to make dangerous reductions to our nuclear stockpile in an effort to burnish his legacy,” the senators said Monday. “We will continue to raise these issues on every relevant nominee and in every setting possible because such policies are dangerous and will make Americans less safe.”
The House this week is expected to pass legislation clarifying that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States, and requiring the Obama administration to take more aggressive steps to ensure Israel's security.