US Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Sunday that he has introduced legislation that would give Congress authorization for President Joe Biden to use US military force in Ukraine if Russia uses chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the Illinois Republican said the joint resolution would not be a mandate for the Democratic president, but rather a measure that would provide a choice for the Biden administration while also sending a warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin. pursues war with Ukraine.
“It just says that if it is used, (Biden) has that influence. It gives you better flexibility. But it is also a deterrent to Vladimir Putin. If Vladimir Putin wants to climb with the West, he will. It’s easy for him to do it,” said Kinzinger, the six-term congressman from Channahon who is not seeking re-election.
“Before World War II, there were times when no one wanted to get involved and finally realized they had to. I hope we don’t get to that point here. But we should be ready if we do,” she said.
Kinzinger, a US Air Force veteran with tours of Afghanistan and Iraq who is a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, said in a separate statement that his presentation of the resolution on the use of military force came after to talk to Secretary of State Antony. Blinken “and listening to his grave concerns about Putin’s use of chemical weapons.”
Kinzinger, in his television interview, also said he hoped there would be broad support in Congress for Biden’s request last week for $33 billion in humanitarian and military aid for Ukraine through September.
“Look, we have outliers and people who seem to show some sympathy for Putin, but for the most part Congress is very much united on the Ukraine issue. We recognize that Ukraine is fighting for all of us,” Kinzinger said, citing some Republicans who have questioned the delivery of US aid to the war-torn country.
“That $33 billion is significantly less than what we would have to spend if we were to take on Russia directly, so I hope we don’t have any impediments to that. I wouldn’t expect us to.
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