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McConnell presses Johnson for House vote on Ukraine aid

The Senate on Tuesday morning approved the $95.3 billion aid package after an all-night session.

Published: February 13, 2024 3:13pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday pressed House Speaker Mike Johnson to hold a vote on approving foreign aid to Ukraine after the upper chamber approved a security assistance package to provide funding for the war-torn nation.

The Senate on Tuesday morning approved the $95.3 billion aid package after an all-night session. The package also allotted funds to Israel and Taiwan.

Speaking to reporters after the vote, McConnell urged the lower chamber to follow suit.

"We've heard all kinds of rumors about whether the House supports Ukraine or doesn't. It seems to me that the easy way to solve that would be to vote," he said. "And I hope the Speaker will find a way to allow the House to work its will on the issue of Ukraine aid and the other parts of the bill, as well."

Prior to the vote, Johnson warned Monday evening that the House would stand firm on the inclusion of border security provisions in any aid package.

"House Republicans were crystal clear from the very beginning of discussions that any so-called national security supplemental legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border. The House acted ten months ago to help enact transformative policy change by passing the Secure Our Border Act, and since then, including today, the Senate has failed to meet the moment," he said.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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