Now it’s up to the U.S. President Barack Obama to enact this bill by signing. In the next few days, Obama will get it on his table. But if he fails to sign by the end of the year, the bill will have to go through a new cycle in the U.S. Congress.
“Now we are rallying to ask Obama to sign the bill,” said Constantin Kostenko one of the leaders of the Pass2828 campaign that was launched by the Ukrainian diaspora. The campaign asked Americans to call their representatives and ask them to support the bill.
“Throughout more than three decades of my professional work, I have occasionally seen strong advocacy efforts on behalf of various Ukraine-related legislation, but never have I seen such intense, concentrated advocacy by the Ukrainian-American community and other numerous friends of Ukraine as yesterday afternoon and evening to ensure House passage of S. 2828,” said Orest Deychakiwsky, senior policy adviser of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.