Rather than holding a vote on US President Joe Biden’s proposed $106 billion for an international funding package that included about $60 billion for Ukraine, Republicans in the House of Representatives instead put forth a bill on Thursday for Israeli aid alone. The body’s new speaker, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), said that he envisions a vote on Ukraine will come “in short order”.

The measure to appropriate about $14 billion to fund Israel’s war against Hamas passed the House on Thursday evening by a vote of 226-196, with 12 Democrats joining Republicans on a mostly party-line vote. President Biden said he would veto such a bill if it passes the Senate. The legislation seems unlikely to garner approval from the Democrat-led upper house anyway.

Asked at a press conference Thursday about a House vote on aid to Kyiv, Johnson said, “Ukraine will come in short order. It will come next.”

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In remarks leading up to his election as House Speaker, Johnson had frequently voiced his plan to separate funding for Kyiv from Israeli aid, and instead tie it to additional border-security appropriations, which is a much more popular measure among Republicans.

In the Senate, where Democrats essentially hold a one-seat majority, both party leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have said they favored the President’s combined international package.

“The idea that supporting the fight against Russian aggression detracts from other security priorities is false,” McConnell has said.

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Schumer said that the “stunningly unserious” bill that passed the House has no chance in the Senate, according to the Associated Press.

A small but increasingly influential faction of hardline Trump supporters in the House have fanatically pushed to defund aid for the counteroffensive against Russia. Many Washington insiders have explained that this is motivated by Biden’s close relationship with Ukraine, and Trump’s failed bid to blackmail Kyiv into handing over compromising information on the Biden family in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

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John
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Yeah right Mr. Johnson.....straight from the playbook of the MAGA party which regularly lies and bends rules to their own personal and their buddy putin's advantage.

Hold the coarse President Biden (and other Ukraine supporting elected officials). Veto away putin favouring and otherwise lessor distracting GOP proposals as necessary until the true priority task is first dealt with. Let the American people feel strain of a shut down government if this is what it takes to awaken them on the importance of thwarting Russia's criminal activity now before he reeks more havoc. But be very clear in using your spotlight and voice to educate them on why it is so important.

Supporting Ukraine towards victory is about the greatest strategic and morally correct accomplishment any leader of a democratic country can do in their present tenure. You are paving the road to a better future for your citizens, once the steep economic and societal cost of putin's criminal meddling is finally eliminated.

Whatever it takes to make that happen will be honoured in history as a pivotal keystone of leadership wisdom and high moral character in a difficult time.

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T.M.Orton
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Publishing partisan editorials as straight news doesn't help your credibility much.
The corruption of the Biden Regime is receiving increased scrutiny in spite of the best efforts of the uniparty cabal, the end of omnibus spending bills is absolutely essential to solving the ongoing issues of the American government.
Ukrainian support necessarily requires close scrutiny of all aspects given the close association of Biden family criminal allegations with dubious factions of the Ukrainian government...

John
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@T.M.Orton, ...says the Russian troll. The dissent and doubt putin and other foreign state actors work so hard to sow in the USA and elsewhere needs be permanently muted. To most free societies your oft repeated silly speaking points sound infantile. We now recognize there is no middle ground or sane conversation with putin's regime. From both legal and moral perspectives it has crossed the point of return. Russian's will find themselves glowingly alienated and impoverished until they show some remorse for allowing his evil regime to fester and finally dethrone him.

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Greg Maronick
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Mike Johnson is a liar. Why would Biden trust a liar the day after Johnson lied to him. Fuck your “short order bullshit” . Sign Israel money AFTER your “short order” until then , we wait on your morass.

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