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Politico: Biden’s team quietly collaborates with House Speaker Mike Johnson to secure Ukraine aid

Politico sources say US President Biden’s team is privately working with House Speaker Mike Johnson to navigate political and legislative hurdles to secure the passage of a $60 billion aid package for Ukraine, focusing on national security interests and bipartisan support.
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Politico: Biden’s team quietly collaborates with House Speaker Mike Johnson to secure Ukraine aid

US President Joe Biden’s aides have been privately working to ensure that House Speaker Mike Johnson can successfully present a $60 billion aid package for Ukraine for a vote and survive politically. Politico says.

The US foreign aid package, including crucial military assistance for Ukraine, has been delayed since last fall by far-right Republicans in Congress. The Senate passed a $95 billion bill, with over $60 billion for Ukraine, but House Speaker Mike Johnson refused to bring it to a vote, citing the need not to rush. He now plans to hold the vote after the Easter recess, following the government funding resolution.

Throughout Congress’s two-week recess, the White House has kept in touch with Johnson’s office regarding aid to Ukraine, two administration officials told Politico. Although President Biden has publicly urged House Republicans to approve the aid package for Ukraine, he and his team have refrained from harshly criticizing Speaker Johnson for the delay in passing it.

Instead, they have provided Johnson with some space to navigate his divided GOP caucus, which has a decreasing majority, Politico says. The specifics of the final package remain unclear. The primary goal is to convince Johnson of the urgency of delivering aid to Ukraine promptly.

Administration officials are privately optimistic that their approach may prompt movement on an aid package later this month, despite frustration with the slow pace in the House, Politico says.

Politico reports that the officials believe the most straightforward path forward is for Johnson to bring the Senate bill to a vote in the House, where bipartisan support is anticipated. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also supports this approach.

Officials argue that amending the Senate bill would only lead to additional delays in delivering aid, given the time required for legislative procedures in both chambers of Congress. However, Johnson emphasizes that the House will need to modify the Senate’s version.

Administration officials are open to Johnson needing political cover to present the Senate’s aid package in the House, possibly requiring a policy win or assurance that using Democratic votes won’t risk his position, Politico says.

On 31 March, US House Speaker Mike Johnson announced plans to advance a Ukraine aid package after the recess, featuring innovations like extending a loan to Ukraine, utilizing seized Russian assets through the REPO for Ukrainians Act, and increasing natural gas exports to undermine Putin’s war efforts.

Situation is desperate and US aid may end if Trump re-elected

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that without unblocked US military support, Ukraine would have to retreat, lacking air defense, Patriot missiles, electronic warfare jammers, and 155-millimeter artillery rounds.

Earlier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán claimed that former US President Donald Trump stated he would not provide “a penny” in funding for Ukraine during a meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Orbán’s assertion, which echoes the delay in US aid by Congressional Republicans, has not been confirmed by Trump or his team, and no comments have been made in response to Orbán’s remarks.

Politico reported earlier, referring to unnamed sources, that NATO aims to ‘Trump-proof’ Ukraine’s military aid by establishing a $100 billion fund and taking over the US-led Ramstein group, amid concerns over a potential Trump presidency and a stalled $60 billion US military aid package.

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