House members join call for Ukraine president to address Congress

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday sent a letter to House leaders imploring them to invite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to address a joint session of Congress next week.

β€œIn the face of an existential threat from Russia, it is more important than ever that the United States and our NATO partners support Ukraine,” Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Jim GerlachJames (Jim) GerlachThe business case for employer to employee engagement 2018 midterms: The blue wave or a red dawn? Pa. GOP 'disappointed' by rep retiring after filing deadline MORE (R-Pa.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) wrote in the letter.

β€œA joint session with President Poroshenko will show Congressional support for Ukraine while informing Congress of the best ways that we can support the U.S.-Ukraine relationship,” they said.

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The missive comes two days after the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote a similar letter to Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ohio) asking him to invite Poroshenko to speak to lawmakers on Sept. 18.

The foreign leader will be in Washington to meet with President Obama at the White House.

The latest letter was released a day after the State Department said it had nearly finished putting together a fresh set of economic sanctions against Russia for its military incursions against Ukraine.