The U.S. House of Representatives voted 424-8 on March 17 to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and its ally Belarus over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked, massive and aggressive military attack on Ukraine, a democratic country in eastern European that shares a border with Russia.
Putin first attacked Ukraine on February 24th, and since then he has been relentlessly bombing civilian targets, government buildings, apartment buildings, a maternity hospital, schools, a theater housing people trying to escape the bombing including children inside and people waiting in bread lines, all targets led President Biden to call Putin a “war criminal.”
Only eight members of Congress voted against the measure, a vote that effectively supported Russian President Putin. One of those votes was Colorado House Rep. Lauren Boebert, from the western slope.
A Polish-American resident of Grand Junction commented,
“That’s pretty big that Boebert would in fact align herself with Putin’s Russia at a time of the worst war crimes and crisis in Europe since Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939.”
When asked about her vote, Boebert responded that
“Congress keeps focusing on distractions abroad and not our own challenges brought on by Joe Biden at home.”
She also added that the measure had “bad language” that could lead to sanctioning “‘human rights abusers’ who simply hold traditional views of life and family and restrict access to abortion,” and “the bill also does nothing to spur domestic energy production.”
Boebert has pushed to loosen regulations on oil and gas drilling without disclosing that her husband made over $1 million working in the energy industry in the last two years.