Johnson doesn’t have enough republican votes to bring up foreign aid package. Mike Johnson tries to thread the needle.

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Speaker Mike Johnson finds himself in a challenging position as he seeks Republican support for a proposed foreign aid package, facing skepticism and pushback from both sides of the aisle in Congress. Despite President Biden’s suggestion to take up the Senate-passed bill, Johnson asserts that his approach is the only viable path forward. His plan involves separate votes on funding for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, alongside other provisions such as converting aid into loans and seizing Russian assets. However, the convoluted nature of the proposal has raised concerns and sparked conservative backlash within his own party. With uncertainty looming over the legislation’s fate, Johnson must navigate the intricate dynamics of Congress to secure the necessary support for debate and passage.

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Sources:

www.politico.com/news/2024/04/16/mike-johnson-house-foreign-aid-00152438

www.politico.com/live-updates/2024/04/16/congress/new-peril-for-foreign-aid-00152508

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