US Congress gives Biden ultimatum on Ukraine
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Mike Johnson threatens to withdraw support for new funding for Ukraine unless the White House agrees to strengthen border security
This is stated in Johnson's letter to Shalanda Young, Director of the US Office of Management and Budget (a department under the Executive Office of the President of the United States), which he published on the X network.
"Supplemental Ukraine funding is dependent upon enactment of transformative change to our nation’s border security laws," Johnson said.
In the letter, the speaker calls open US borders an "unconscionable and unsustainable catastrophe". The official insists "this madness stops immediately".
"Rather than engaging with Congressional Republicans to discuss logical reforms, the Biden Administration has ignored reality, choosing instead to engage in political posturing. We stand ready and willing to work with the Administration on a robust border security package that protects the interests of the American people," Johnson added.
The speaker did not specify what kind of border protection measures he wants to achieve, but mentioned the Border Security Act. The document envisages the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico and restrictions on the ability of asylum seekers to stay in the US. These are proposals opposed by Democrats and President Joe Biden's administration.
On December 2, US National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby again called on Congress to take steps to allocate the funds needed to continue to help Ukraine. He noted that this should be done by the end of the current calendar year.
On December 4, the White House said that without a congressional decision, it would run out of money to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russia by the end of the year.
On December 4, former US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that assistance to Ukraine could be linked to immigration policy reform.