Members of Congress from both parties in Pa. and beyond urge tough sanctions on Russia

Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is restrict Russia’s economy, not send U.S. soldiers to face Russian troops in the streets of Ukraine

The U.S. Capitol. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/The Virginia Mercury).

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District, an Air Force veteran, took to Twitter, saying “Putin has shown us who he is,” with his actions Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/RepHoulahan/status/1496244925297573890?s=20&t=ybt326GGZr-OatL42VhsQA

In a statement issued by his office, Fitzpatrick said that as has been the case with “other rogue powers, it is time for the United States to send a clear message: if Russia insists on directly violating the sovereignty of another state and jeopardizing global security, there will be severe and sweeping economic consequences.

“President Biden’s strategy of restraint and ‘invasion first, sanctions later’ is no longer an effective means of deterring Putin’s aggression and imminent full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” Fitzpatrick continued. “No more half-measures. We need to impose immediate, crippling sanctions that strike at the heart of Putin’s corrupt regime and the Russian economy, bring about a permanent end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and remove Russia from the SWIFT international banking and payments system.

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District called for an immediate action.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a brazen attack on the sovereignty and safety of the Ukrainian people. Now more than ever we must stand with our European partners, like Ukraine, and our NATO allies to ensure their continued safety,” the central Pennsylvania lawmaker said in a statement, adding that Biden “should act immediately to sanction President Putin, members of the Russian government, and Russia itself for this dangerous and unjustified provocation of a peaceful, democratic Ukraine.”

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