Ukraine's president is in the United States this week as PresidentBiden pushes for $24 billion in additional aid to the country — an issue caught up in the broader government funding fight embroiling Congress.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskydelivered a speech at the United Nations General Assembly summit in New York on Tuesday and is meeting withBidenand lawmakers on Thursday.
Biden also addressed the summit Tuesday, urging the international community to rally behind Ukraine. But support in the form of further funding is a contentious topic in Washington, particularly among Republicans.
While Senate Republicans have said they're ready to add Ukraine funding to a continuing resolution (CR) to extend funding of the U.S. government beyond its Sept. 30 expiration date, House Republicans have drafted a bill that doesn't include money for Ukraine. (The fate of the House CR is anything but certain; more on that below.)
From The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "The Senate GOP isn’t sure about the path forward, and Republican leaders are softening predictions that the Senate will add money for the war in Ukraine to the stopgap since this would spark a battle with conservatives in both chambers."
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told The Hill on Monday: "There are plenty of us who have grave reservations about what’s happening in Ukraine, and I will tell you the people who vote for us have really grave concerns about what’s happening in Ukraine."
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas): "I don’t know what the plans are, but I certainly support supplemental funding [for Ukraine], but I’m agnostic at what point that needs to be done." (Cornyn said last week he thought a "strong majority of senators on our side support Ukraine aid," while acknowledging divisions.)
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said he plans to ask Zelensky this week, "Where’s the accountability on the money we already spent?" and, "What is the plan for victory?"
The U.S. has so far approved around $113 billion to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia.
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