House Speaker Mike Johnson says he will boost aid to Israel and Ukraine this week.

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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Mike Johnson said Sunday he will try to promote wartime aid to Israel this week as he attempts the difficult task of winning. House approval for national security package that also includes funding for Ukraine and its allies in Asia.

Johnson, R-Louisiana, is already under immense political pressure from fellow Republican lawmakers as he tries to stretch between divided Republican Party support to help kyiv defend itself against Moscow’s invasion.

The Republican president has been sitting for two months in a $95 billion supplementary package that would send support to US allies, as well as provide humanitarian aid for civilians in Ukraine and Gaza and funding to replenish US weapons provided to Taiwan.

House Speaker Mike Johnson said he will boost aid to Ukraine and Israel this week. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

He Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel The early hours of Sunday further increased the pressure on Johnson, but also gave him the opportunity to underline the urgency of approving the funding.

Johnson told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he and Republicans “understand the need to support Israel” and that he would try this week to advance aid.

“The details of that package are being prepared right now,” he said. “We are looking at the options and all these complementary issues.”

Republican Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Johnson “has made it clear” that he sees a path for Israel, Ukraine and their allies in Asia reach the summit. Floor of the house this week.

The speaker has expressed support for legislation that would structure some of the financing for kyiv as loans, pave the way for the United States to tap the Russian central bank’s frozen assets and include other policy changes.

Ukrainian soldiers firing an M101 howitzer towards Russian positions near Avdiivka in the Donetsk region on March 22, 2024. AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File

Johnson has pushed for the Biden administration to lift the pause on liquefied natural gas export approvals and has also at times demanded policy changes on the U.S. border with Mexico.

But currently, the only package with broad bipartisan support in Congress is the bill passed by the Senate that includes approximately $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby asked the president to present that package “as soon as possible.”

“We didn’t need any reminders about what’s happening in Ukraine,” Kirby said on NBC. “But last night certainly significantly underlines the threat that Israel faces in a very, very difficult neighborhood.”

As Johnson seeks a way to move forward on Ukraine funding, he has been in talks with both the White House and former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

With his job threatened, Johnson traveled to Florida on Friday for an event with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club. Trump expressed his support for Johnson and said he had a “very good relationship” with him.

“He and I are 100% united on these big agenda items,” Johnson said. “When you talk about aid to Ukraine, he introduced the lend-lease concept, which is really important and I think has a lot of consensus.”

But Trump, with his “America First” agenda, has inspired many Republicans to push for a more isolationist stance.

Support for Ukraine has steadily eroded in the roughly two years since the war began, and a cause that once enjoyed widespread support has become one of Johnson’s most difficult problems.

When he returns to Washington on Monday, Johnson will also face a contingent of conservatives already angry at how he has led the House to maintain much of the status quo both on government spending and, more recently, on a government surveillance tool. American government.

Johnson said former President Donald Trump is “100% united” with him on issues like Ukraine and Israel Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a right-wing Republican from Georgia, has called for Johnson’s dismissal. He left the Capitol on Friday and told reporters that support for his effort was growing.

While no other Republicans have openly joined Greene, a growing number of hardline conservatives openly disparage Johnson and challenge her leadership.

Meanwhile, senior Republican lawmakers who support aid to Ukraine are increasingly frustrated by the months-long wait to bring it to the House of Representatives.

kyiv’s troops are running out of ammunition and Russia is becoming emboldened as it seeks to gain ground in a spring and summer offensive.

A massive missile and drone attack destroyed one of Ukraine’s largest power plants and damaged others last week.

“Russia is starting to gain ground. “Ukraine is starting to lose the ability to defend itself,” Turner said. “The United States must step up and provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs.”

The divided dynamic has forced Johnson to try to craft a package that delivers some political victories for Republicans while keeping Democrats on board.

Democrats, however, have repeatedly called on the president to bring up for discussion the $95 billion package approved by the Senate in February.

Although progressive Democrats have resisted supporting aid to Israel out of fear that it would support its campaign in Gaza that has killed thousands of civilians, most House Democrats have supported the Senate package.

“The reason the Senate bill is the only one is urgency,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said last week. “We passed the Senate bill, it goes directly to the president’s desk and aid starts coming to Ukraine immediately. “That is the only option.”

Many Democrats have also signaled that they would likely be willing to help Johnson defeat an attempt to remove him from the president’s office if he introduces the Senate bill.

“I’m one of those who would save it if we can do it with Israel, Taiwan, Ukraine and reasonable border security,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat.




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