HUNTSVILLE — As the United States continues to support Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia, U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) is encouraging lawmakers not to lose sight of America's own military readiness.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) introduced the "Ukraine Fatigue" resolution aimed at stopping funding to Ukraine and instead promoting a peaceful resolution between both parties. So far, Congress has approved nearly $30 billion in "security assistance," including weapons and supplies to aid Ukraine's war effort, money that could be spent on protecting American interests.

"I want to know what we're going to do, number one, about America," Strong said during a Wednesday press conference at his Huntsville office. "I understand we're helping Ukraine knock back the Russian military. But my concern is about America. My concern is about the southern border. My concern is being sure that the US military has the weapons that they need if we have to enter into any war or conflict."

Strong said the recent Chinese spy balloon incident should serve as a wake-up call that the United States needs to be ready to defend itself.

"Right now, we're using a lot of hardware at other locations," he said. "I want to get that stockpile back built up because you never know when that situation may present itself, especially when you've got Chinese spy balloons going across the United States unchecked for weeks. I'm glad that these others, whether they're balloons, whatever they are, are no longer flying over US airspace."

While some are concerned the war in Ukraine could escalate into World War III, Strong seemed confident that Ukraine would emerge victorious.

"Based on the briefings that I've got, Ukraine is winning this war," he said. "Russian never saw what they were getting into with the Ukrainian people."

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