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Congress gridlocked one day before holiday break without Ukraine deal

by Lance Luo December 14, 2023 1:22 AM 2 min read
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson photographed Dec. 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Biden administration officials on Dec. 13 called on House Speaker Mike Johnson to remain in session until a deal on Ukraine aid is reached, the Missouri Independent reported.

U.S. congressmembers are scheduled to leave Washington, D.C. on Dec. 14 for a three-week holiday break, with no deal in sight.

“Speaker Johnson has said the House will leave tomorrow without fixing the border, without funding Israel, without funding urgent needs in Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.

With just $1 billion remaining, funding for Ukraine is expected to run out within one month if lawmakers do not approve additional spending before the holiday break. Republicans on Dec. 6 blocked a major aid bill, and are demanding that further support to Ukraine must be tied to sweeping reforms to U.S. immigration policy, something Democrats say is non-negotiable.

“I’m hopeful that Democrats, both here and at the White House, are beginning to recognize how committed we are to addressing the crisis at our Southern border," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

President Zelensky on Dec. 12 tried to persuade U.S. lawmakers to approve more aid, but left largely empty-handed.

Zelensky trip to DC ends in disappointment as further aid remains at risk
President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the U.S. on Dec. 11-12 to convince members of Congress to approve further assistance to Kyiv left the president largely empty-handed as Western aid on both sides of the Atlantic is at risk of drying up. Republicans in the Senate blocked a bill on

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