Congressional Leaders to Meet Biden at WH to Discuss Government Shutdown and Aid for Ukraine

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/26/2024
The four congressional leaders will meet with President Biden at the White House on Tuesday to talk about attempts to prevent a government shutdown and money for Ukraine.

Biden will emphasize "the need of passing the bipartisan national security supplemental and keeping the government open," according to the White House. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) will be present.

For weeks now, Biden has been begging Congress to approve further funds for Ukraine's battle against Russia, stating that failing to do so would be a historic mistake that might jeopardize both national and international security.

Johnson once again hinted that the House would not vote on the national security spending package because it did not include the required border restrictions, despite the Senate having overwhelmingly approved it earlier this month. The budget included money for Ukraine, Israel, and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. Johnson has already turned down a plan that called for tighter border controls.

Congress has a deadline to enact financing legislation in order to prevent a shutdown. With two impending funding deadlines this week—March 1 for a select few agencies and March 8 for the other agencies—Congress will be back in Washington this week with little time to resolve disagreements and get measures to the floor in order to keep the government operating.

When Biden last welcomed congressional leaders to the White House in January, he was urging them to support Ukraine's military conflict with Russia. Johnson stated earlier this month that he had been requesting a meeting with Biden for weeks; the White House first rejected the request but then seemed more receptive to it.


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