In the days ahead, Rep.
And a bipartisan coalition of 12 leaders from the
"We write in support of the administration's efforts to help Ukraine to consolidate democratically elected government, preserve its territorial integrity, and enjoy the freedom to exercise a sovereign decision to sign and implement an Association Agreement with the
"We are prepared to work with your Administration to reinforce your efforts by authorizing U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine and increasing assistance to facilitate a peaceful transition of power. We also believe that the U.S. should make use of the tools at its disposal, including targeted sanctions."
But even as the president consolidated support from both his allies in Congress, as well of some of his detractors among the Republican defense hawks, other lawmakers were more critical. Some said the White House's reluctance to take a hard line against Russia in the past led to the escalation of tensions Friday in the Crimea region of Ukraine.
"Glad POTUS finally issued warning to Russia-there will be costs for intervention," tweeted Sen.