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Biden calls on Congress to pass a bill for aid to Ukraine and Israel

Apr 15, 2024

During a telephone conversation with Congressional leadership, US President Joe Biden called for the bill, which, in particular, provides for the allocation of aid to Ukraine and Israel, to be approved as soon as possible.

This was reported by CNN.

"The President discussed the urgent need for the House of Representatives to pass the national security supplemental as soon as possible," the White House said in a statement.

It is noted that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries took part in the phone conversation with the US President.

In particular, Schumer called on the GOP-led House of Representatives to take action on the aid package passed by the Senate after the Iranian attack.

"The best way to help Israel and to help Ukraine is to pass the supplemental this week. I’ve called on Speaker Johnson to do that.," he said.

So far, the House of Representatives has not voted on the Senate-passed bill, as many conservatives in the House oppose sending additional aid to Ukraine and want any aid package to include stricter US border policy with Mexico.

As a reminder, the US has run out of money to fund assistance to Ukraine, and the issue of allocating new funds has been under consideration by Congress since last fall. The issue was resolved in February, when the Senate approved a bill that provides funds to help Ukraine, Israel, and other US partners.

The bill provides more than $60 billion for Ukraine.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 15/04/2024

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