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Biden meets with Congress leaders to discuss government funding, Ukraine aid package

by Kateryna Hodunova February 27, 2024 10:56 PM 1 min read
U.S. President Joe Biden gives a speech in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Joe Biden summoned the top four congressional leaders to the White House on Feb. 27 to discuss foreign aid for key U.S. allies, including Ukraine.

Biden met with the four leaders, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) amid growing uncertainty surrounding U.S. aid to Ukraine.

Earlier in February, the Senate approved $95 billion in foreign aid, including $60 billion for Ukraine.

The bill passed the Senate, yet faces deadlock in the Republican-led House. So far, House Speaker Mike Johnson has declined to bring it to a vote.

The U.S. president discussed extending temporary federal government funding to prevent a partial shutdown on March 1 and the future of the foreign funding package.

"I think the consequence of inaction every day in Ukraine is dire. I’ve been speaking to some of our G7 partners, and they’re very concerned," Biden said.

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