U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a meeting with congressional leaders on Jan. 17, hoping to persuade them to vote for a national security bill that includes $60 billion in assistance to Ukraine, Politico reported on Jan. 16.
Expected to attend the White House meeting are Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnson, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. Leaders of key congressional committees will also be present.
The report notes that Senate negotiators have spent months discussing a potential bipartisan bill on border and immigration policy, with stipulations that have become mandatory for Congress to allocate $100 billion to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. These negotiations have yet to lead to a deal.
On Jan. 6, media reports suggested that House Speaker Mike Johnson wanted direct negotiations with Biden regarding aid to Ukraine.
On Jan. 12, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby stated that the United States had suspended military aid to Ukraine due to the lack of a congressional decision to appropriate additional funds.
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