Feb 14, 2024

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Supplemental Agreement Transcript

President Biden Delivers Remarks on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Supplemental Agreement Transcript
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President Biden Delivers Remarks on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Supplemental Agreement. Read the transcript here.

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President Biden (00:00):

Good afternoon.

Multiple speakers (00:03):

Good afternoon.

President Biden (00:05):

Before we begin, I’m going to make this statement, let it stand on its own. I’m not going to take any questions, but I’ll be taking questions tomorrow and the next day. But I don’t want anything to get in the way of the statement, to be very blunt about it, not that you wouldn’t just focus on the statement.

Earlier this morning the United States Senate, as you all know, voted overwhelmingly, by a margin of 70 to 29, to move forward with the Bipartisan National Security Bill. Now, it moves to the House. And I urge Speaker Johnson to bring it to the floor immediately. Immediately. There’s no question that if the Senate bill was put on the floor in the House Representatives, it would pass. It would pass. And the Speaker knows that. So, I call the Speaker to let the full House speak its mind and not allow a minority of most extreme voices in the House to block this bill even from being voted on. Even from being voted on. This is a critical act for the House to move. It needs to move. The bill provides urgent funding for Ukraine so it can keep defending itself against Putin’s vicious, viscous onslaught.

We’ve all seen the terrible stories of recent weeks. Ukrainian soldiers out of artillery shells. Ukrainian units rationing rounds of ammunition to defend themselves. Ukrainian families worried that the next Russian strike will permanently plunge them in the darkness or worse. This bipartisan bill sends a clear message to Ukrainians, and to our partners, and to our allies around the world, America can be trusted, America can be relied upon, and America stands up for freedom. We stand strong for our allies. We never bow down to anyone, and certainly not to Vladimir Putin, so let’s get on with this.

Remember, the United States pulled together a coalition of nearly 50 nations to support Ukraine. We unified NATO, we expanded it. We can’t walk away now. That’s what Putin’s betting on. He just flatly said that. Supporting this bill is standing up to Putin. Opposing it is playing into Putin’s hands. As I’ve said before, the stakes in this fight extend far beyond Ukraine. If we don’t stop Putin’s appetite for power and control in Ukraine, he won’t limit himself just to Ukraine, and the cost for America and our allies and partners are going to rise. For Republicans in Congress who think they can oppose funding for Ukraine and not be held accountable, history is watching. History is watching. History is watching. Failure to support Ukraine at this critical moment will never be forgotten. I want to be clear about something, because I know it’s important to the American people. While this bill sends military equipment to Ukraine, it spends the money right here in the United States of America, places like Arizona where the Patriot missiles are built, and Alabama where the Javelin missiles are built, and Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas, where artillery shells are made.

And the way it works is we supply Ukraine with military equipment from our stockpiles, and then we spend our money replenishing those stockpiles so our military has access to them, stockpiles that are made right here in America by American workers. That not only supports American jobs and American communities. It allows us to invest in maintaining and strengthening our own defense manufacturing capacity. Look, this bill meets our national security priorities in the Middle East as well, and includes greater support for our troops serving in the region, who continue to defend against militia attacks backed by Iran. It also provides Israel with what it needs to protect its people against a terrorist group like Hamas and Hezbollah and others, and it will provide life-saving humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people who desperately need food, water, and shelter. They need help.

Finally, this bill includes critical funding for our national security priorities in Asia, because even as we focus on the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, we must not take our eye off our national security challenges in the Pacific. It’s the responsibility of a great nation, and we are a great nation that the rest of the world looks to, and I mean that. The rest of the world looks to us. The stakes were already high for American security before this bill was passed in the Senate last night. But in recent days, those stakes have risen, and that’s because the former president has set a dangerous and shockingly, frankly, un-American signal to the world. Just a few days ago, Trump gave an invitation to Putin to invade some of our NATO allies. He said, “If an ally didn’t spend enough money on defense,” he would encourage Russia to, “Do whatever the hell they want.”

Can you imagine a former President of the United States saying that? The whole world heard it, and the worst thing is, he means it. No other president in our history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator. Let me say this as clearly as I can. I never will. For God’s sake, it’s dumb, it’s shameful, it’s dangerous. It’s un-American. When American gives its word, it means something. When we make a commitment, we keep it. And NATO is a sacred commitment. Donald Trump looks at this as if it’s a burden. When he looks at NATO, he doesn’t see the alliance that protects America and the world. He sees a protection racket. He doesn’t understand that NATO is built on fundamental principles of freedom, security, and national sovereignty. Because, for Trump, principles never matter. Everything is transactional. He doesn’t understand that the sacred commitment we’ve given works for us as well.

In fact, I would remind Trump, and all those who would walk away from NATO, Article 5 has only been invoked once, just once in our NATO history, and it was done to stand with America after we were attacked on 9/11. We should never forget it. Our adversaries have long sought to create cracks in the alliance. The greatest hope of all those who wish America harm is for NATO to fall apart. And you can be sure that they all cheered when they heard Donald Trump and heard what he said. I know this. I will not walk away. I can’t imagine any other president walking away. For as long as I’m president, if Putin attacks a NATO ally, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory.

Let me close with this. You’ve heard me say this before. Our nation stands at an inflection point, an inflection point in history, where the decisions we make now are going to determine the course of our future for decades to come. This is one of those moments, and I say to the House members, House Republicans, you got to decide, are you going to stand up for freedom, or are you going to side with terror and tyranny? Are you going to stand with Ukraine, or are you’re going to stand with Putin? Will you stand with America or with Trump?

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate came together to send a message of unity to the world. It’s time for the House of Republicans to do the same thing, to pass this bill immediately, to stand for decency, stand for democracy to stand up to a so-called leader hell-bent on weakening American security. And I mean it sincerely, history is watching. In moments like this, we have to remember who we are. We’re the United States of America. The world is looking to us. There’s nothing beyond our capacity when we act together. In this case, acting together includes acting with our NATO allies. God bless you all, may God protect our Speaker, and I promise I’ll come back and answer questions later. Thank you.

Speaker 2 (08:20):

[inaudible 00:08:20] when Trump said that, sir, what did Putin do?

Speaker 3 (08:22):

What’s plan B if the Speaker doesn’t act?

Speaker 4 (08:24):

Sir, the hostages [inaudible 00:08:25].

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