Speaker Offers Ukraine Aid for Border Bill

Office of Management and Budget has reported the funds to Ukraine have run down.

House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana said negotiations over President Biden’s nearly $106 billion package for wars in Ukraine and Israel and other security needs will be contingent on the passage of legislation to strengthen America’s southern border. 

“The battle is for the border,” Speaker Johnson said at a news conference. “We do that first as a top priority, and we’ll take care of these other obligations.” 

“Now is the time to pay attention to our own border in addition to these other important international concerns,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. 

Olivia Dalton, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said, “I think that the president has been very, very clear and senior administration officials will be very clear to every single member of the House and Senate… about what the stakes are in Ukraine at this moment.” 

Speaker Johnson said he wanted more information from the White House on the Ukraine conflict. “What is the objective? What is the endgame in Ukraine? How are we going to have proper oversight of the funds?” 

White House budget director Shalanda Young wrote a letter to congressional leaders on Monday, strongly encouraging them to renew the quickly dwindling funds for Ukraine’s defense against Russia. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Speaker Johnson as he negotiates the U.S. border funding and Ukraine assistance.
  • For Director Young as she oversees the Office of Management and Budget.
  • For the president and his administration officials as they consider the speaker’s exchange.

Sources: Reuters, Newsmax, Washington Examiner, The Hill 

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