Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna wasn’t joking when she reacted to Chuck Schumer’s threats earlier this week to send American troops to Ukraine if his billion-dollar foreign aid package wasn’t passed.
In response to Schumer, Rep. Luna of Florida posted this announcement on X:
In honor of Chuck Schumer, I’ll be introducing a bill that will require any politician who advocates for sending American troops to Ukraine to be required to fight on the front lines with them.
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (@RepLuna) February 5, 2024
Now, it appears she is holding true to her word.
Today, a leaked report revealed that Luna, a former Air Force member, is planning to introduce such a bill…
It’s been dubbed the SCHUMER Act, which stands for Senators Can Help Underpin Military Engagement and Readiness, and it would mandate that members of Congress who support sending military aid to Ukraine would have to fight on the frontlines themselves.
To whoever leaked my bill:
Congratulations, you played yourself.
I make no apologies. My bill, the SCHUMER Act, would require Members of Congress to fight on the front lines in Ukraine if they support Schumer’s calls for American sons & daughters to fight.…
— Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (@RepLuna) February 8, 2024
BREAKING REPORT: ⚠️ Rep. Anna Paulina Luna Proposes Legislation Requiring Congress Members Backing Schumer’s $60 Billion Plan to SERVE ON UKRAINE’S Frontlines..
WOULD YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL?
“To whoever leaked my bill: Congratulations, you played yourself.”
“I make no… pic.twitter.com/hsNmuuuTRD
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) February 9, 2024
Here are more details on the potential bill, from The Daily Mail:
Florida Republican Rep. Anna Paulina Luna is asking her colleagues for support on a new bill that would force members of Congress to deploy to a war zone if they advocate for military support to Ukraine in its battle with Russia.
The legislation, obtained first by DailyMail.com, would ‘require Members of Congress who advocate for providing military support for Ukraine to enlist in the armed forces and to serve on active duty in support of a contingency operation.’
The U.S. has offered over $75 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine since Vladimir Putin’s invasion, and Congress is now locked in a contentious battle to offer some $60 billion more.
The Florida Republican’s bill comes in response to an MSNBC interview Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave where he warned that without Ukraine fighting, the U.S. could have boots on the ground to fight Russia in Eastern Europe soon.
‘If we don’t aid Ukraine, Putin will walk all over Ukraine, we will lose the war, and we could be fighting in Eastern Europe in a NATO ally in a few years. Americans won’t like that,’ the New York Democrat said.
The Senators Can Help Underpin Military Engagement and Readiness Act, or the SCHUMER Act, would require those who advocate for military support to be assigned ‘not fewer than six months to active duty in support of a contingency operation.’
Luna’s office has asked other members to sign onto the legislation by February 12 if they want to be an original co-sponsor.
Newsweek also reported:
Amid the Senate releasing a $118 billion bipartisan border security and foreign aid bill, Republican Representative Anna Paulina Luna said on Monday she wants to send lawmakers to fight for Ukraine.
Following tensions over the U.S-Mexico border, the text of a much-hyped bipartisan Senate bill was released on Sunday that introduced what would be the most substantial border security reforms in years alongside aid packages for Ukraine and Israel.
What do you think of this bold move by Rep. Luna?
Should Congress members who advocate for aiding Ukraine have to enlist in the fight themselves?
Bill by @RepLuna called the “SCHUMER Act” would make members of Congress serve at least six months active duty if they support sending our troops to fight war in Ukraine
Do you support this?https://t.co/6BAWJLE1IU
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) February 8, 2024