Speaker Johnson gives Schumer ultimatum on inviting Israel’s Netanyahu to Congress

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is increasing pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to join him in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Congress for a joint address. 

Johnson’s office gave Schumer a deadline of Tuesday evening to sign on to a letter inviting the Israeli leader to Washington, or else, the speaker will close the invite to the upper chamber, he told reporters on Tuesday. The ultimatum comes roughly a month after Johnson initially sent the draft letter to Schumer’s office, but no action has been taken since. 

“My office told Sen. Schumer’s office yesterday that he needed to sign the joint letter,” Johnson said. “And if not, we were gonna proceed and invite Netanyahu just to the House.”

Schumer responded to Johnson’s calls shortly after, telling reporters he supports Netanyahu coming to
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