Ukraine

Lobbyists Use of Capitol Meeting Space Raises Questions
Former Rep. Connie Mack organized discussion on Ukraine

Former Florida Rep. Connie Mack, arranged to use a Capitol meeting room on behalf of a lobbying client. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A recent panel discussion about alleged governmental corruption in Ukraine, organized by lobbyist and former Rep. Connie Mack, has raised questions about the appropriate uses of meeting rooms under the House speaker’s jurisdiction.

It also offers a glimpse into the often murky world of lobbying on behalf of foreign clients seeking to use the nation’s capital as a way to advance policies abroad.

Red Alert: Russia Looms Large as a Security Threat
U.S. scrambles to counter Cold War nemesis and reassure European allies

U.S. military forces deployed to Europe are tasked with two missions: Build cooperation among NATO allies and support operations in more dangerous corners of the globe. But as Russia, America’s Cold War nemesis, flexes its military muscle, these forces, which have dwindled in size in recent decades, are again on the front lines. Military leaders now say Russia is the greatest threat to U.S. security.  

That fact is not lost on Gen. Frank Gorenc, the four-star U.S. Air Force commander in Europe, who has seen Congress’ interest in his theater spike. What was recently viewed by lawmakers as a place to cut costs is now the opposite.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Poe (Video)

To kick off the 2015 August recess, HOH salutes the Texas member who doesn’t shy away from Vladimir Putin alliterations, Spanish translations or explaining “the way it is.”

Republicans Warn of 'Dark and Dangerous' Future if Putin Isn't Confronted on Ukraine (Video)

Ayotte, McCain and Graham (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama on Thursday dismissed any suggestion of military intervention to address Russia's further incursion into Ukrainian territory, as Republican lawmakers renewed calls for stronger action.  

"We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem. What we're doing is to mobilize the international community to apply pressure on Russia," Obama said. "But I think it is very important to recognize that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming."  

McCain: United States 'Also Responsible' for Circumstances Leading to MH17 Crash in Ukraine (Audio)

McCain (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain said Friday that the tragic shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 might never have happened if the United States had armed Ukrainian forces battling against Russian-backed separatists.  

The Arizona Republican also said there's no reason to wait for an international investigation of the site of the crash in eastern Ukraine.  

Putin Should Pay if Malaysia Airlines Jet Was Shot Down, McCain Says (Video)

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If it's determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.  

The Arizona Republican said it's too early to know exactly what happened to the plane that reportedly crashed near the Russian border.  

Obama Should Address Nation, Come to Congress on Ukraine, Graham Says

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Obama Not Considering Arms to Ukraine, Plans to Call Putin

McCain is one senator who called for lethal aid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators in both parties have said arms for Ukraine should be on the table as that country faces down a threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin, but President Barack Obama has no plans to go there.  

“We’re not actively considering lethal aid,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.  

Reid Dropping IMF Provision From Ukraine Bill (Updated)

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Updated 2:40 p.m. |  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday that Democrats have agreed to nix the International Monetary Fund provision in a Ukraine aid package, in what amounts to a victory for House Republican leaders and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and a defeat for the White House.  

The Nevada Democrat told reporters Tuesday that he would like to move the bill quickly — perhaps today.