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Speaker Johnson to push Israel aid this week, could include Ukraine, Taiwan aid

House Speaker Mike Johnson is expected to introduce a spending package to the House this week that includes wartime aid for Israel, which came under barrage of drones and missiles from Iran over the weekend. The spending package also includes billions of dollars for Ukraine and Taiwan.

Johnson (R-Louis.) announced a $95 billion package that would send aid to U.S. allies, as well as provide humanitarian aid to civilians in Ukraine and Gaza and funds to replenish U.S. weapons supplies. It faces immense political pressure to pass an additional package in Congress. To Taiwan. But Republicans maintain only a slim majority in the House of Representatives, and they are divided over whether to continue supporting Kiev in defending it from Russian aggression.

Iran’s attack on Israel late Saturday added to the pressure on Johnson, but may have given him the impetus to stress the urgency of approving the aid. Johnson told Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that Republicans “understand the need to work with Israel.”

“The details of that package are currently being finalized,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, adding that he would try to bring the support bill forward this week. “We’re looking at options and all of these complementary issues.”

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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) will vote on a spending package that would provide wartime aid to Israel, which has been hit by a barrage of drones and missiles from Iran. (AP Photo/Wilfried Lee)

The White House and senators are urging Johnson to bring the bill, which the Senate has already approved, to the House of Representatives. Republican leaders could also try to win support from some lawmakers by giving them a fresh start with a new bill that would make spending levels more favorable to certain members.

He expressed support for legislation that would structure some of the funding for Kiev as a loan, paving the way for the United States to tap into frozen Russian central bank assets and include other policy changes. Johnson has called on the Biden administration to lift the moratorium on liquefied natural gas export approvals and called for policy changes to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

It is not immediately clear what Mr. Johnson will do next.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said in a statement Saturday that the House will change its legislative schedule this week to “consider legislation that supports our ally Israel and holds Iran and its terrorist proxies accountable,” but Johnson The prime minister did not provide additional details about what path he would take. take.

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Johnson’s aid push comes amid pressure from Biden’s White House and members of both houses of Congress. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Johnson lobbied Congress this week after traveling to Florida on Friday to attend an event with former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

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After the meeting, President Trump expressed his support for Johnson, saying he has a “very good relationship” with him.

Johnson added: “He and I are 100% united on these big issues.” “When we talk about aid to Ukraine, he introduced the concept of loans and leases, which is a very important concept and I think there’s a lot of consensus.”

Mr. Johnson’s aid push comes amid pressure from Mr. Biden’s White House and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Biden called Congressional leaders on Sunday and urged them to act quickly to send aid to both Israel and Ukraine.

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This photo taken on April 15, 2024 shows a mural in Tel Aviv painted by the graffiti art group Graffiti Yul, showing President Biden dressed as “Captain America” ​​standing in front of an Israeli flag and David It depicts him holding up a shield with a star symbol on it. (Jack Ghez/AFP via Getty Images)

After the call, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said there was a “consensus” among the participants.

“The best way to help Israel rebuild its anti-missile and anti-drone capabilities is to immediately pass that addendum. As I said, Israel spends about $1 billion or more on its defense. “And the security supplement will supplement some kind of anti-missile capabilities,” Schumer said at a news conference in New York. said, ABC News reported.

He added: “It is extremely important for the future of Ukraine, for Israel and for the West.”

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The Senate previously passed a bill that included about $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.

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Iran’s attack on Israel late Saturday added to the pressure on Johnson to pass the aid package. (EYAD BABA/AFP via Getty Images)

The White House said in a Sunday call that Biden “discussed the urgent need to pass a supplemental national security bill in the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”

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“We didn’t need any reminders about what was going on in Ukraine,” White House National Security Press Secretary John Kirby said on NBC. “But last night’s events certainly brought into sharp relief the threats that Israel faces in a very tough neighborhood.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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