Schumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions
Added 01-24-22 07:57:02pm EST - “Senate? Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is requesting the Biden administration brief senators amid escalating tensions with Russia over its military buildup? along the Ukrainian border.” - Thehill.com
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (D-N.Y.) is requesting the Biden administration brief senators amid escalating tensions with Russia over its military buildup along the Ukrainian border.
A source familiar with the matter confirmed that Schumer had asked for an all-Senate briefing with the administration for next week, when senators — who are currently dispersed across the country — will return from their current one-week break.
Schumer's request for administration officials to meet with the Senate comes after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Man who threatened to kill Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi pleads guilty to federal charges The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill MORE (D-Calif.) sent a separate request earlier Monday for a briefing for all House members.
The requests from Democratic leadership come as the Biden administration is rushing to put pressure on Moscow amid growing concerns over a possible Russian military incursion in Ukraine. Russia previously invaded and annexed Ukraine's Crimean region in 2014, which sparked international sanctions.
The State Department on Sunday night announced that it had ordered the evacuation of family members of U.S. government employees in Ukraine and the Pentagon said on Monday that it is readying up to 8,500 troops to potentially deploy to Eastern Europe.
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