The US House of Representatives is undergoing a historical state of uncertainty. The House is missing a Speaker for the first time in over a century. GOP leader, Kevin McCarthy, was short of 16 votes on Tuesday from becoming the House Speaker.
Commenting on the Speaker fight Biden said “it’s a little embarrassing it’s taking so long, and the way they are dealing with one another.”
The President is unpleased that “the rest of the world is looking.”
Speaking about what it means internationally he said “this is not a good look, this is not a good thing” for the country.
“I hope they get their act together.”
The Congress is missing a leader, and the House’s future is still unknown. But how will the new House handle the crisis in Ukraine?
In a meeting with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Biden stated that the US will continue to help Ukraine for “as long as it takes.” With the Republican holding the majority, will the new House commit to Biden’s plan, or will they abandon Ukraine?
“We are absolutely confident that our approach to Ukraine will continue to enjoy bipartisan support,” said Ned Price.
In December, Congress passed a bill and the President signed into law $45 billion in emergency supplemental funding that will be dedicated to Ukraine’s security assistance, humanitarian assistance, economic assistance, and helping Ukrainians who were forced to flee the nation and well as Ukraine’s neighboring countries that have welcomed refugees.
“We have heard both from Democrats and Republicans in our engagements with the Hill that they see the imperative, they understand the imperative, of continuing to support the Ukrainian people,” added Price.
According to Price, both Democrats and Republicans recognize the imperative of supporting Ukraine as the crisis is “bigger than one country.” This refers to the principles of the global international order that maintain a state of global stability and security.
“If Russia is allowed to aggress against its peaceful neighbor in an unprovoked, unjustified, illegal way, not only will Russia believe that it has carte blanche to do so going forward, but countries around the world may come away with that same misimpression,” stated Price.
In December, Senator Blinken briefed both chambers of Congress on the American approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and, according to Price, the plan received broad bipartisan support.
“We have heard from members of the 117th Congress, many of whom remain in the 118th Congress, of their broad support for the people of Ukraine, for the Government of Ukraine, and in turn their broad support for the approach we’ve taken,” concluded Price.
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