In the wake of increasing violence against Ukrainian civilians by invading Russian forces, Congressman Doug LaMalfa voted in support of several pieces of legislation that reaffirm the United States’ support of our ally, Ukraine. On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 7276, the Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act. This bill ensures a coordinated effort by the U.S. to collect evidence to be used to prosecute Russian war crimes in Ukraine. An extensive record-keeping and evidence-tracking system of prior Russian war crimes will hopefully deter future attacks.
Today, the House passed two bills to add additional restrictions on trade with Russia, H.R. 7108, the Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act, and H.R. 6968, the Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act. Together, these bills suspend normal trade relations with both Russia and Belarus and completely ban imports of Russian energy until President Biden can certify that both countries have fully ended their acts of aggression against Ukraine.
“I’m horrified by the brutal attacks of Russian forces on innocent Ukraine civilians,” LaMalfa said. “I am in full support of sending American military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Putin is a dictator, and his brutal and unprovoked aggression towards our ally will not go unpunished. We should be enacting every financial sanction possible to stifle his war fund. I was pleased that the House agreed and we were able to hastily pass these bipartisan resolutions to hopefully deter further Russian attacks.”