HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement today in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
“We cannot allow Russia’s unprovoked attack against Ukraine to go unanswered. This invasion demands a swift, strong response from the United States and the rest of the world. While I understand that sanctions have already been placed on key Russian industries by the American government, I strongly urge the Biden Administration to use whatever other reasonable means are necessary to bring this incursion to an end for the sake of the Ukrainian people.
“For years, the Senate of Pennsylvania has been mindful of the dangers of allowing a Russian monopoly on energy exports to continue in the region. Today, I joined my Senate Republican colleagues (Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr., Senator Joe Pittman and Senator Gene Yaw) in calling for President Biden to reopen the Keystone XL Pipeline to reassert our nation’s energy independence. We must also continue bipartisan efforts to increase all domestic energy production and exports to European countries as a means to reduce Russian influence in the region.
“We must speak with one voice against this attack and the chaos it will create on the international stage. My thoughts and prayers will remain with the people of Ukraine, and I am in communication with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do whatever we can to support a quick end to this invasion to restore the autonomy of Ukraine and the safety of its citizens.”
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