WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the European Union is debating new ways to boost arms and ammunition production for Ukraine as the invasion by Russia grinds into its third year, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with leaders in Germany and vows continued support.

Congress has been deadlocked for months over a new $95 billion supplemental bill that includes $60 billion in aid for Ukraine.

Nebraska Congressman Mike Flood said while financial support is on hold right now, it is imperative that Congress remembers why American has supplied military aid.

Flood: “This isn’t merely a territorial dispute.  This is a repeated attempt by an imperialist Russia to build an ethnic empire.”

Flood said Russia’s Vladimir Putin wants to end the post-World War II order that has underpinned freedom and economic prosperity in Europe and beyond.

Flood: “While America shouldn’t be on the hook to fund the everyday operations of Ukraine’s government, it is imperative we give Ukrainians the arms they need to beat back the reincarnation of what Reagan called the “Evil Empire.” 

The Associated Press says House Speaker Mike Johnson has refused to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote.

Mike Flood is the founder and an owner of Flood Communications and News Channel Nebraska.

Here is a transcript of the congressman’s comments

 

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address Russia’s ongoing efforts to conquer portions of Ukraine.

 While additional American financial support for Ukraine is on hold right now, it’s imperative we remember why America has supplied military aid.

 This isn’t merely a territorial dispute. 

 This is a repeated attempt by an imperialist Russia to build an ethnic empire.

 You don’t have to take my word for it – Vladimir Putin has compared himself to Czar Peter the Great. 

 For 21 years, Peter the Great waged the Great Northern War to defeat Sweden. His victory coincided with the beginning of the Russian Empire in 1721.

 Today, Putin doesn’t just want portions of Ukraine – he wants to end the post-World War II order that has underpinned freedom and economic prosperity in Europe and beyond. 

 While America shouldn’t be on the hook to fund the everyday operations of Ukraine’s government, it is imperative we give Ukrainians the arms they need to beat back the reincarnation of what Reagan called the “Evil Empire.” 

 With that Mister Speaker, thank you, and I yield back.