Biden to host congressional leaders at White House to unlock deal on Ukraine

The White House has invited the top four congressional leaders to meet with President Joe Biden on Wednesday to discuss a national security supplemental funding request that has stalled in Congress.

Biden has requested $106 billion, largely for the war in Ukraine but also to provide security assistance for Israel, Taiwan, and the border; however, House opposition to the Ukraine portion has left the entire package in limbo for months. 

Senate leadership had devised a strategy to unlock that aid, pairing the supplemental with border policy changes demanded by the House, but Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has signaled he will reject any deal that falls short of H.R. 2, the House’s signature border bill.

The White House has rejected that legislation as a nonstarter.

The meeting, announced by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday, comes as congressional leadership forges a path forward on government funding.

Johnson reached a
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