House Speaker criticizes Israel and Ukraine aid as Senate moves forward on bill amid Russia-Ukraine war

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Republican Mike Johnson claims that the aid package for countries such as Ukraine and Israel does not address the urgent issue of security at the US-Mexico border. The House Speaker criticized the Senate for not prioritizing border security and stated that the bill should focus on securing America’s own border before providing foreign aid. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the immigration provisions in the bill, which led the Senate to remove them from the legislation. Despite opposition from conservative Republicans, the Democratic-led Senate voted to advance the military aid package and is expected to hold a final vote soon. US President Joe Biden has called for swift approval of additional military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other allies, but some Republican senators have criticized the focus on Ukraine, questioning the need to continue support and urging attention to other pressing issues facing the nation.

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