March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, Schuylerville, has released a video message to the people of Ukraine, hailing them for their courage and expressing support for them amidst an attack on the nation by Russia.

The full transcript of the message is as follows:

“To the people of Ukraine: the United States of America stands firmly with you against Russia’s unprovoked and heinous attacks on your country.

Your bravery, sacrifice, and resistance against a gutless, bloodthirsty, authoritarian dictator is a beacon of hope for freedom and democracy around the world.

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I was honored to lead a bipartisan group of Congressional members to Ukraine in 2018. I met the wonderful Ukrainian people and experienced the beauty of your culture and country.

Most importantly, I saw firsthand the importance of the security partnership between our two countries to counter Russian aggression, combat Vladimir Putin’s disinformation, and defend democracy and freedom.

Today, I remain committed to strengthening that partnership by working with my colleagues to increase military support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and establish strong and effective deterrents to counter Putin’s hostility.

Additionally, we are working to sanction Putin and his corrupt oligarch cronies, immediately and permanently terminate construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline, end Russian energy exports around the world, and provide additional military and financial support to Ukraine.

I will not stop fighting until Ukraine receives the resources it deserves, and Putin is cut off and isolated from the international community.

As you continue your fight against the evil desires of the war criminal Vladimir Putin, all of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people are in our prayers, and we will stand behind you in support of this fight for your country.

Never stop fighting for a sovereign, self-governing, and free Ukraine.”

Northern Border Reopening Act

In addition to her video message to the Ukrainian people, Stefanik also joined some of her colleagues in introducing the Northern Border Reopening Act, which would end all COVID-19 mandates for Canadians traveling to the U.S.

“Burdening Canadians with additional restrictions to cross the Northern Border harms our Upstate New York and North Country communities, families, and small businesses. I have been calling on both Canada and the United States to resume pre-pandemic travel at the Northern Border, and this is a chance for the United States to set an example for returning to normalcy. I am proud to join this effort to take a step forward in restoring our Northern Border travel,” Stefanik said.

The Northern Border Reopening Act would drop all COVID-19 mandates on Canadian nationals entering the United States to return the Northern Border to normal on the American side.

In addition to Stefanik, the Northern Border Reopening Act was originally cosponsored by Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Andrew Garbarino (NY-02), Pete Stauber (MN-08), Jack Bergman (MI-01), and Byron Donalds (FL-19).

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