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US House Speaker reveals timeline for vote on Israel and Ukraine aid

Legislators will decide on separate funding bills this Saturday, according to Mike Johnson

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Mike Johnson announced on Wednesday that he is sticking with his plan to send a series of foreign aid bills to the floor, including funding for Ukraine and Israel. Johnson said in a note to the legislators that they will vote on these on Saturday evening.

Johnson, the Republican speaker, has faced mounting pressure to act on President Joe Biden’s long-delayed request for billions of dollars in security assistance. It’s been more than two months since the Senate passed a $95 billion aid package, which includes $14 billion for Israel and $60 billion for Ukraine.

Despite opposition from conservatives over aiding Ukraine, Johnson said earlier this week that he would push to get the package to the House floor under a single debate rule, then hold separate votes on aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan as well as several foreign policy proposals, according to Republican lawmakers.

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