March 2, 2024

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Speaker Johnson fired a warning shot as the Senate prepares to vote on aid to Ukraine

Speaker Johnson fired a warning shot as the Senate prepares to vote on aid to Ukraine

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) fired a warning shot at the Senate's foreign aid package Monday night, criticizing the additional $95.3 billion as the Senate nears a final vote on the legislation.

In a statement, Johnson criticized the package for excluding border security provisions — “the Senate’s foreign aid bill is silent on the most pressing issue facing our country” — and suggested he would not put it to a vote if it passed the upper chamber.

“[In] “Absent a single change in border policy from the Senate, the House will have to continue to act its own will on these important matters,” Johnson wrote. “America deserves better than the status quo in the Senate.”

Johnson's criticism came minutes before the Senate began another series of votes on supplemental foreign aid, which includes funding for Ukraine, Israel and allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

The package passed the third procedural hurdle on Sunday and could be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration on Tuesday.

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