“We urge you to make vigorous diplomatic efforts in support of a negotiated settlement and ceasefire, engage in direct talks with Russia, explore prospects for a new European security arrangement acceptable to all parties that will allow for a sovereign and independent Ukraine, and, in coordination with our Ukrainian partners, seek a rapid end to the conflict and reiterate this goal as America’s chief priority,” the group wrote.
The group referenced the economic benefits they predict will come from peaceful negotiations citing their belief that a ceasefire could result in lowered oil prices while also decreasing food scarcity across the world, according to the letter. The group also stated that an estimated 20% of Ukraine is occupied by Russia and their fear of nuclear war continues to grow.
“The risk of nuclear weapons being used has been estimated to be higher now than at any time since the height of the Cold War. Given the catastrophic possibilities of nuclear escalation and miscalculation, which only increase the longer this war continues, we agree with your goal of avoiding direct military conflict as an overriding national-security priority,” the letter stated.
The letter may find support on both sides of the aisle as many Republican lawmakers have previously criticized Biden’s spending in support of Ukraine. In May, Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul placed a hold on a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, citing a need for spending oversight.
“Sending $40 billion to another country without having someone look and make sure no one is stealing the money is a recipe for disaster. We were in Afghanistan for 20 years, sending $50 billion a year, and we would discover that they were building luxury hotels with our money, halfway building them, contractors were running off with the money,” Paul told WMAL host and Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese.
NEW: 30 members of Congress are urging President Biden to pursue direct diplomacy for a negotiated settlement to end Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The letter recognizes the difficulties involved in engaging Russia given its illegal invasion — but make the case that now is the time ?
— Progressive Caucus (@USProgressives) October 24, 2022
Jayapal and The White House did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.