Many members of Congress in Colorado are applauding President Joe Biden’s decision to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine as part of a coordinated action with allies announced Wednesday.
“A few months ago I didn’t think it was time to send in the tanks because I didn’t think the logistics, support and upkeep were adequate,” said Democratic Rep. Jason Crow. “But I think we’re at the point now where we can do that, we can do it effectively,” he said.
Crow, who sits on the Armed Services Committee and has traveled to Ukraine, noted the move is part of an international effort led by the United States.
Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, also a veteran of the armed forces and a member of Ukraine’s congressional caucus, said in a statement, “These tanks, along with the German Leopard 2, will bolster Ukraine’s defense efforts and increase its fight to counter the ongoing Russian put an end to invasion.”
Several other Republicans, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, agreed with the Biden administration’s decision, which comes as Germany also announced it would send tanks to Ukraine after it bowed to international pressure.
“Today’s announcement builds on the hard work and commitment of countries around the world, led by the United States of America, to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Biden said. “That’s what this is about: helping Ukraine, defending and protecting Ukrainian land.”
Yadira Caraveo, the new MP, said the stakes were enormous “for the future of Ukraine and the world order. I’m glad that the White House, along with other world leaders, is taking the necessary steps to support Ukraine in this fight.”
Democratic Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet both backed the move.
“Ukrainians are fighting bravely against Putin’s aggression,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “Sending Abrams tanks demonstrates our confidence in their ability to win and our commitment to helping them achieve it.”
A spokesman for Senator Michael Bennet, who serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence, said Bennet “believes we must continue to work with our partners to provide critical capabilities to support Ukrainians to counter evolving threats.” [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”
Only far-right MP Lauren Boebert criticized the decision, tweeting: “I absolutely don’t trust it [Biden’s] Discretion in the distribution of heavy American military equipment.”
Boebert’s opinion remains a minority in Congress.