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US House of Representatives goes on recess: vote on aid to Ukraine postponed. Biden reacts

16 February, 2024 Friday
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The US House of Representatives is on recess until the end of February, and the lawmakers have not voted for the bill passed by the Senate with the aid package for Ukraine

The Hill reports.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates criticized House Speaker Mike Johnson for postponing the bill to help Ukraine.

"Every day that Speaker Johnson causes our national security to deteriorate, America loses. And every day that he puts off a clean vote, congressional Republicans’ standing with the American people plunges," Bates said.

According to Bates, instead of stopping the politicization of the country's safety, Speaker Johnson is running away.

"Running away for an early vacation only worsens both problems... He (Johnson) continues to strengthen Russia’s murderous war effort and the Iranian regime at the expense of American national security, U.S. manufacturing jobs, and our closest alliances," the White House official said.

The US House of Representatives went on vacation until the end of February.

President Joe Biden also reacted to this on the social network X.

 "Failure to support Ukraine at this critical moment will never be forgotten," he wrote.

  • On February 8, 67 senators voted in favor of the draft law on foreign aid totaling $95 billion. After agreeing on the amendments, the Senate was to vote on the substance of the bill and pass it on to the House of Representatives.
  • On the night of February 13, the US Senate suspended debate on aid to Ukraine, opening the way for the main vote.
  • On February 13, the US Senate voted in favor of the bill to aid Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. Now the decision is up to the House of Representatives.
  • February 14 Mike Johnson says that Republicans have no plans to vote for the bill to help Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as the United States must take care of its own problems before solving them around the world.
  • U.S. lawmakers are looking for a "plan B" to pass aid to Ukraine, despite the resistance of the House Speaker.
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