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President Joe Biden is set to meet with congressional leaders at the White House today to discuss his request for additional funding to support Ukraine, Israel, and other “national security initiatives.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the upcoming meeting, highlighting the “critical importance” of Biden’s national security supplemental request. The discussion is expected to involve prominent figures such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
The White House had previously requested approximately $100 billion from Congress in late October, targeting border security enhancements and support for allies, particularly in Ukraine and Israel. The proposed funding includes a substantial allocation for Ukraine, with around $61 billion intended for military equipment and Department of Defense stockpiles replenishment.
The administration has stressed the urgency of this request, stating that without new congressional approval, it will be unable to continue supporting Ukraine. Officials in Ukraine have warned that a lack of funding could potentially impact their capabilities, especially during the challenging winter months. However, House Republicans, who hold the majority, have linked the approval of Ukrainian aid to reforms in border policies.
Among the proposals, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested providing aid to Ukraine in $5 billion increments, contingent on the number of migrants crossing the border each month. However, McConnell reportedly rejected this proposal.