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Some U.S. lawmakers ready to postpone vacation for sake of aid to Ukraine

Some U.S. lawmakers ready to postpone vacation for sake of aid to Ukraine Some U.S. congressmen are ready to postpone their vacations to help Ukraine (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Some members of the U.S. Congress are ready to postpone their Christmas recess to pass funding for Ukraine. The holidays begin on December 14, The Washington Post reports.

According to the agency, some U.S. lawmakers say that Congress should stay in Washington next week to continue discussions on the Ukraine deal.

"We shouldn’t leave here until we’ve figured out how to overcome our differences to support and continue our funding for Ukraine," says Senator Michael Bennet.

The Democratic senator emphasizes that "time is running out," and negotiations will become more difficult if congressmen leave for the holidays.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney criticizes U.S. President Joe Biden for his "passivity" in this matter.

"My advice to the White House would be: The president made a commitment to Zelenskyy. To honor that commitment, they’re going to need to secure the border," he says.

After December 14, both houses of the U.S. Congress will go on Christmas vacation. They will last about a month. Congressional officials assume that it will not be possible to approve aid to Ukraine before the recess.

Zelenskyy's visit to the United States

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Washington earlier this week amid a stalemate in Congress over funding for Ukraine. The issue is being blocked by Republicans, who are demanding that the border with Mexico be strengthened instead.

During the visit, Zelenskyy met with the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties in Congress, as well as with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson.

In addition, Zelenskyy and Biden met at the White House. Read more about it in our report.