Keating introduces bill against Russia

U.S. Congressman Bill Keating introduced legislation in response to Russia's attempt to annex Ukrainian territory. — Rich Saltzberg

U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Bourne, who is the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber, introduced legislation on Thursday to “bar U.S. recognition of the Russian Federation’s claim of sovereignty over any portion of the internationally recognized territory of Ukraine” with Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, a ranking member of the subcommittee, according to a press release. The bill also prohibits any federal department or agency from “taking any action or extending any assistance that implies recognition” of Russia’s “illegal claim of sovereignty over Ukraine’s territory, airspace, or territorial waters.” 

“This bipartisan bill sends a clear message: The United States will never yield and recognize Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukraine,” Fitzpatrick said in the release. “Chairman Keating and I will remain staunch advocates for Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and accountability for Russia’s genocidal war crimes.”

The bill is a response to the staged referendums Russia is holding in the eastern Ukrainian territories in an attempt to annex them, an act widely condemned by the international community. 

According to the release, this bill is a “House companion” to The Non-Recognition of Russian Annexation of Ukrainian Territory Act (S.4937), which was introduced by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, with 29 cosponsors, including Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts. 

“This bill is a simple, yet resolute statement from both chambers of Congress: Russia’s war in Ukraine, its illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory, and the horrific crimes of genocide it is committing against the Ukrainian people will never be accepted,” Keating said in the release. “The United States will continue to support an independent Ukraine, and never recognize any violation by Russia of Ukraine’s sovereign territorial integrity.”

A copy of the bill can be found at


    • There are so many similarities between Communism and Conservatism.
      An all powerful leader with full control of the military who are also the police.

  1. Mr Hess. Communism has its corporate residency in the Democratic Party. If one wanted communism to descend into the US one would surely start with Academia, Media, Hollywood, and Unions as well as the State Department. Remember Alger Hiss.?

    • Just a sec. What ‘brand’ of communism would you be suggesting the Dems choose, should they strive to embrace such a ridiculous inference. Soviet corrupto-communism? Chi-com? Cuban? Maybe good ole american commie-style like Brook Farm. Or pick one: College commies, Red Carpet Bolsheviks, ‘Made in the U.S.A. by commies’ or Media Marxists. So many to choose from.

  2. A complete waste of time why does he not spend his energy on issues back in Bourne and at home in Massachusetts. We have more problems here that are of immediate need then wasting your time looking for headlines to make. Politicians are as bad as lawyers and the country would be better off with fewer of them. Instead of looking to make headlines of no consequence why not try to help the housing crisis across the state.

    • Because he serves on the House Foreign Relations Committee & the Armed Services Committee. AND he works on issues for our district. Is it so hard for you to comprehend that he can actually do more than one thing? What, precisely, do you propose he do for the housing crisis across the state? He is the Rep for CD9. He has no authority to do anything “across the state” and all of the affordable housing issues here are locally controlled.

    • Bob– the local newspaper in Tallahassee Fl., where the governor of Florida resides is the Tallahassee Democrat ;
      Perhaps you could write a letter to the editor in that paper asking why we yankees are all talking about a few dozen Venezuelans.
      Yes, it seems someone down there was “looking to make headlines of no consequence”.
      Keating is on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber. He is a federal rep. I think it’s his job to be concerned about a ruthless dick tater
      threatening his neighbors.
      It is certainly more appropriate for him to introduce legislation about foreign affairs than the governor of a state taking people out of a different state and flying them to Martha’s Vineyard with federal tax dollars.
      Haven’t you been supporting that headline grabbing politician ?

  3. So many people are really showing their true colors and how they really feel about people of non white skin.
    I only wish that people would pay more attention before they did business with you all.

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