US House Speaker hints he won't put Ukraine aid bill to vote

Mike Johnson. Stock photo: Johnson on Twitter
Mike Johnson. Stock photo: Johnson on Twitter

Mike Johnson, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has slammed the text of the bundled bill, which includes funds to support Ukraine, currently being considered in the Senate.

Source: The Hill, citing Johnson, as reported by European Pravda

Details: In his statement, the speaker criticised the package for excluding provisions on border security.

He noted that "the Senate’s foreign aid bill is silent on the most pressing issue facing our country."

Johnson has made it clear that he will not bring the bill to a vote in the House of Representatives if it passes the Senate.

"[In] the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters," Johnson noted.

The US Senate voted on Monday (12 February) to end debate on the text of the package bill, which includes funds to support Ukraine.

Over the weekend, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy predicted that the Senate would finally approve the bill in the first half of this week.

The bill is being put forward without the provisions dealing with the sensitive issue of the southern border after the initial draft was blocked by Republicans.

However, before the vote on Sunday, former US President Donald Trump also spoke out against the continuation of direct US aid to other countries, as opposed to loans that the nation will be expected to pay back.

It is unknown whether Republicans in the House of Representatives will agree to support the bill once it is approved in the Senate.

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