Johnson ‘committed’ to advancing Ukraine aid

House Speaker Mike Johnson is committed to advancing Ukraine aid. But it will be a difficult task.



April 2, 2024 - 3:27 PM

House Speaker Mike Johnson. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images/TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — For over a month, House Speaker Mike Johnson has sat on a funding package that would send desperately needed ammunition and weaponry to Ukraine, mulling how best to gain a grasp of what is expected to be a difficult lift in the House.

The Republican speaker has indicated he will attempt to push for approval of tens of billions in wartime funding for Ukraine, as well as Israel, once the House returns in April. Yet it will be perhaps his most difficult task since he took the speaker’s gavel late last year.

“We’ll turn our attention to it and we won’t delay on that,” the Louisiana representative said of the Ukraine package at a news conference last week.

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