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Finger-Pointing Among GOP Lawmakers Jeopardize Ukraine Aid

The House is increasingly distancing itself from approving new assistance to Ukraine. Simultaneously, the Senate is nearing an agreement, highlighting a growing divide between the two chambers.

House Speaker’s Demands

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House Speaker Mike Johnson insists that any new aid for Ukraine must come with stricter border migration policies. This demand has led to a deadlock, as House Democrats firmly reject these policy changes.

Political Standoff

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The disagreement has resulted in mutual accusations. Democrats accuse Republicans of neglecting a key ally, while Republicans claim Democrats are compromising national security with open border policies.

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Republican Support Wanes

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The Republican appetite for further military assistance to Ukraine has decreased significantly since Russia’s invasion. Questions arise about whether Speaker Johnson would bring such a bill to the floor amidst conservative opposition.

Election Year Complications

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The upcoming presidential election, likely featuring Biden and Trump, complicates the prospect of congressional aid to Ukraine. Trump’s opposition to any Ukraine-border agreement from the Senate adds pressure on House GOP leaders.

Speaker Johnson’s Alignment with Trump

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Speaker Johnson, an early Trump endorser, is in frequent communication with the former president about border talks. Johnson has expressed skepticism about the Senate’s emerging package.

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House Republicans’ Stance

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House Republicans, led by Johnson, are pushing for the inclusion of their border security bill, H.R. 2, in any aid package. This bill, which passed the lower chamber last year, includes new border wall construction and Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy.

Democratic Opposition

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Democrats, both in Congress and the White House, reject the inclusion of H.R. 2 in the aid package. Representative Joe Courtney expresses urgency in aiding Ukraine, highlighting their need for military support.

International Lobbying by Zelensky

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Ukrainian President Zelensky has been lobbying globally for more support, including visits to Washington and Davos. However, his efforts have yet to yield results in the European Union or the U.S.

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Shift in GOP Perspective

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The Republican change of heart is evident from a test vote on Ukraine aid last September, opposed by the majority of the House Republican Conference. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has even threatened action against Speaker Johnson if he doesn’t align with conservative demands.

Democrats’ Frustration with House Republicans

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Democrats are frustrated with House Republicans, accusing them of avoiding a real solution to the border crisis. Representative Veronica Escobar criticizes H.R. 2 as unrealistic and unfeasible.

Senate Majority Leader’s Comments

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer remarks that Senate negotiators are close to an agreement but still have unresolved issues. He criticizes the hard-right opposition to the deal as “naked partisanship.”

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Biden’s Strategy Questioned

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Some Democrats question President Biden’s approach of linking Ukraine aid with domestic border security. Representative Juan Vargas believes this combination has created unnecessary uncertainty.

Blame on Republicans

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Other Democrats, like Representative Linda Sánchez, argue that Republicans are the main obstacle. They believe GOP opposition is preventing standalone Ukraine funding from progressing.

Decisive Role of Speaker Johnson

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The outcome largely rests on Speaker Johnson’s decision. Representative Gregory Meeks acknowledges that if Johnson moves forward, the majority would support it, but his alignment with conservative factions could pose a significant hurdle.

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