On Tuesday a group of lawmakers presented President Joe Biden with a letter as tensions have continued to escalate between Ukraine and Russia at the border between the two countries.
The bipartisan group of 43 congresspeople reminded Biden in the letter that he is required to seek authorization from Congress before sending out troops or launching any military attacks.
“If the ongoing situation compels you to introduce the brave men and women of our military into Ukraine, their lives would inherently be put at a risk if Russia chooses to invade,” the letter says. “Therefore, we ask that your decisions comport with the Constitution and our nation’s laws by consulting with Congress to receive authorization before any such development.”
The authors did acknowledge, though, that Biden previously indicated he would not be sending troops into Ukraine, but they noted that decision could change.
Signers of the letter included Reps. Nancy Mace, South Carolina Republican, Pramila Jayapal, Washington Democrat, Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, and Warren Davidson, Ohio Republican, among several others.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon posted the letter on Twitter, adding that Biden should “follow the Constitution and the law.” He wrote, “The American people deserve to have a say before we become involved in yet another foreign conflict.”
Tensions have continued to grow between the United States and Russia, as on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two territories in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, prior to ordering troops into the Donbas region. That move sparked additional fears that Putin would potentially aim for a larger invasion and conflict in Europe.
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