Rep. Liz Cheney holds press conference to address Ukrainian President Zelensky’s plea to Congress

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Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 5:43 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Biden Administration authorized an $800 million package in aid for Ukraine. The move was in response to Ukranian President, Volodymyr Zelensky’s, passionate plea to Congress early Wednesday morning.

Representative Liz Cheney held a press conference to address the message.

“There are many things that we can do-- I think that we have seen a West that is united in response to these attacks, assault by Russia, but I think the response could be much faster than it has been, and much more complete that it has been,” said Rep. Cheney.

The Congresswoman said that in addition to actions the U.S. has already taken, there needs to be sanctions against the top Russian oligarchs and their families, and complete SWIFT restrictions to all Russian banks.

“There are a whole range of things we can do and we should do to make sure that we are providing support for the Ukrainians in this battle and I think you will see bipartisan support for those things, it is not a partisan issue,” said Cheney.

Although Cheney applauded the Biden Administration for the ban on the export and import of Russian oil, she said it is not enough.

Rep. Cheney said the United States needs to go one step further and unleash domestic oil production. Gas prices have sky-rocketed in recent weeks, due to rising inflation and the war on Ukraine.

Cheney said the nation should use this opportunity to establish itself as energy independent.

“What Russia has attempted to do across Europe is use gas, in particular, as a tool of blackmail,” Cheney said. “We ought to be doing everything we can, we need to be moving quickly, to develop additional LNG Export Terminals, we need to be moving quickly to recognize that American energy, our fossil fuels, are the cleanest in the world. We believe that America’s fossil fuels are a national treasure; we believe that the country can be, and we have proven that we can be, energy independent. It is an economic security issue and a national security issue.”

The Biden Administration has sent one billion dollars in assistance to Ukraine so far this week.

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