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Biden to meet Congressional leaders tomorrow for Ukraine aid

Biden to meet Congressional leaders tomorrow for Ukraine aid Photo: US President Joe Biden (Getty Images)

President of the United States Joe Biden will meet with Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, at the White House on Tuesday to expedite the allocation of a financial aid package to Ukraine, reports Bloomberg.

Biden "will discuss the urgency of passing the bipartisan national security supplemental and keeping the government open," according to the White House schedule published on Sunday.

According to an assistant to one of the Congressional leaders, the event will also be attended by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

"We’ve got to get that money out the door," previously stated Biden's national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Fox News.

He also mentioned that the White House believes that the assistance approved by bipartisan voting in the Senate can also be supported in the House of Representatives if Johnson brings it to a vote.

Blocking aid to Ukraine in the US

On February 13, the US Senate approved a bill providing assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan worth $95 billion. Specifically, over $60 billion is allocated for Ukraine. For the bill to become law, it needs approval from the US House of Representatives and the signature of President Joe Biden.

House Speaker Mike Johnson has opposed this initiative. In turn, Biden urged the House of Representatives to urgently approve the bill.

However, the US House of Representatives went on recess until February 28, thus delaying the consideration of aid for Ukraine.