Senator Murray Statement Following All-Senators Meeting with President Zelenskyy


Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alongside her colleagues in the Senate.


“There’s no doubt that delaying aid to Ukraine is a gift to Putin and his army as they continue to wage a brutal invasion of Ukraine—and that failing to renew aid altogether may well allow Putin to win the war and extinguish a sovereign democracy and U.S. ally.


“The question that should be weighing on every Senator right now is: will the United States stand with our allies and stand up to despots—or will we abandon our friends and send a truly dangerous message that dictators can wait out the United States and trample over any nation as they please?


“Resources for our allies in the face of a brutal invasion shouldn’t be conditioned on unrelated partisan demands. We cannot retreat from the world or abandon our friends. At this critical time, I will keep pushing to make sure Congress gets aid to Ukraine across the finish line before the end of this year.”


Chair Murray continues working to extend American support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Putin’s bloody invasion after Senate Republicans voted last week to block consideration of the Senate’s national security supplemental funding package, which, among other things, would provide vital new funding for Ukraine.