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Turner: We Must Stand For Democracy and Against Authoritarianism

  • 4.20.24 Turner Floor Speech in Support of Ukraine

Today, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner (OH-10) spoke on the House Floor in support of sending aid to Ukraine.

Click here or on the image above to view Chairman Mike Turner’s full remarks.

“Thank you, Madam Chair.

“I want to begin by thanking the Speaker for bringing this bill to the floor for the importance of serving our national security.

“This bill will have overwhelming support on this House Floor today.

“When people ask why we should support Ukraine, I like to remind them of President Xi of China’s trip to Russia last year. When President Xi stood next to Vladimir Putin, he had an open mic and said, ‘Change is coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years, and we are driving this change together.’

“The ‘we’ are Vladimir Putin and President Xi, and the ‘100 years’ – we know what that is – that’s World War I and World War II. They stood together and articulated that this is a battle between authoritarianism and democracy, and we must stand for democracy and against authoritarianism.

“Also, according to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, our European allies have committed to giving more than $60 billion in military aid since Russia’s unjustified invasion, while the U.S. has given roughly $42 billion. We are less than half; I ask for unanimous consent for the Kiel Institute report to be entered into the record.”