Speaker Johnson ‘optimistic’ on funding for Israel, Ukraine

by ian

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) is setting his aim on funding Israel and Ukraine. He told reporters in Florida that he was “confident and optimistic” about finding a funding resolution, saying that there were already “negotiations going on in earnest.”

In reiterating the need for tying Ukraine funding to securing the US border, Johnson hinted at separating funding for Ukraine from funding for Israel, a move that the Democrat-controlled Senate stridently opposes. This comes as the Senate already rejected the first House bill that aided Israel but also cut funding to the IRS.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is expected to bring a vote on these funding fronts as soon as next week.