Speaker Johnson expects Schumer to join invite for Netanyahu address to Congress

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said he expects Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to sign on to a letter inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress “as quickly as possible,” suggesting an agreement could be reached as early as this week. 

“I’ve not spoken to [Schumer] personally, but our staffs are communicating,” Johnson told reporters. “It seems as though he wants to sign on, so I welcome that.”

Johnson’s comments come one day after he gave his Senate counterpart an ultimatum to join the invitation or else risk Republicans closing the event to just House lawmakers.

Schumer, who called for new elections in Israel over Netanyahu’s casualty-heavy war in Gaza, has not indicated when he would sign on to such an invite, telling reporters on Tuesday he supports the prime minister coming to the Capitol and that he is in
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