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Biden Urges House Vote On Ukraine Aid As Republican Main Stands

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Washington, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 11th April, 2024) President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged the US House of Representatives to immediately vote on billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, as the chamber’s Republican speaker hesitated in the face of pressure by Donald Trump and his allies.

“There is tremendous support for Ukraine among the majority of Democrats and Republicans. There should be a vote now,” Biden told reporters after meeting with the Japanese prime minister.

Biden has proposed a $60 billion package for Ukraine as it tries to fight back against a more than two-year-old Russian invasion.

The money passed the Senate, led by Biden’s Democratic Party, but has languished for months in the House where Johnson – who leads a razor-thin Republican majority – has refused to bring a vote to the floor.

Johnson earlier said he was looking at “a number of avenues” on Ukraine but, after the House reconvened from recess, he remained imprecise on Wednesday.

“House members continue to actively discuss our options on the path forward,” Johnson told reporters.

“There are many different ideas on that. As you know, it is a very complicated issue at a very complicated time,” he said.

“The clock is ticking on it, and everyone feels the urgency about that, but what is needed is that you come to a consensus on it and that is what we are working on.”

Russia has regrouped and gone on the offensive amid the fallout in sending more US weapons, with Ukraine suffering its first territorial standoff in months after rationing ammunition due to shortages.

European allies have promised to step up but none have the capabilities of the US.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, on a visit to Washington this week, pleaded for the help, saying the West’s credibility was on the line against Russian President Vladimir Putin and other opponents.

The British Conservative made his case directly to Trump, who is running for president again and has already voiced admiration for Putin while doubting that Ukraine will win, but Cameron failed to meet with Johnson, government sources said. the UK identifies scheduling issues.

– ‘Today’s Neville Chamberlains’ –

Johnson, who rose from obscurity to win the gift in October, is facing a bid to disqualify him from far-right firebrand Marjorie Taylor Greene who opposes any compromise with the Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted the Republicans as transforming Ronald Reagan’s party “little by little into an arm of messages from the Kremlin.”

He rejected calls from some Trump-aligned lawmakers to push a deal in which Russia would keep parts of Ukraine, comparing them to the British prime minister who famously made peace with Hitler after Western powers ceded part of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany.

“These modern Neville Chamberlains are ignoring the warnings of history – autocrats have an insatiable appetite,” Schumer said.

“If you give a dictator a little land, he will try to take a country. And if you give a dictator a country, he will try to take a continent,” he said.

The Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has vocally supported Ukraine but is stepping down and has acknowledged that the party has moved on foreign policy.

McConnell also criticized Biden for the early refusal to send some advanced weapons to Ukraine, part of the administration’s stated effort to avoid a direct US war with nuclear-armed Russia.

“Starving Ukraine of needed capabilities was not a smart way for the Biden administration to avoid escalation, nor is it a political masterstroke by some of the administration’s Republican opponents. It is strategic and moral misconduct,” he said.

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