On Fox News’ Special Report, Portman Discusses Bipartisan Trip to Ukraine, DHS OIG Report on Lack of Vetting of Afghan Evacuees, Respect for Marriage Act and the Need for Bipartisanship

September 8, 2022 | Portman Difference

Last night, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chair and co-founder of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss their recent trip to Ukraine. While there, they met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive a firsthand account of Russia’s illegal, unprovoked and brutal war on Ukraine and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Ukraine. Portman highlighted the positive impact that U.S.-provided HIMARS, or High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, are having on Ukraine’s war effort, including its ongoing counteroffensive in the south and counterattacks near Kharkiv.

As Co-Chair and co-founder of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Portman has long been a staunch defender of Ukraine and has spoken consistently on the Senate floor since the Russian invasion began. This visit is Senator Portman’s eighth visit to Ukraine and the third one the two senators have taken to the region this year.

The senators also discussed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that details the lack of vetting procedures for Afghan evacuees. This report follows a report by the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General that found that Afghan evacuees were not vetted using all available DoD data, resulting in significant security concerns. In a statement released earlier today, Portman, as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, highlighted that as we approach the 21st anniversary of 9/11, the United States faces an increased threat due to this administration’s catastrophic evacuation of Afghans without rigorous vetting or an in-person interview

In addition, the senators discussed the Respect for Marriage Act and the need for more bipartisanship in the Senate.

A transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.