Possible Rewrite: Speaker of the House suggests Ukraine’s arms aid may be advancing


Possible Rewrite:
Speaker of the House suggests Ukraine’s arms aid may be advancing

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson suggested during an interview with Fox News that the arms aid package for Ukraine could move forward after Congress returns from the Easter recess on April 9. The aid package, which includes support for Ukraine and Israel, has been stalled for months due to opposition from extreme Republicans in the House of Representatives.

The Senate approved a $95 billion arms aid package in February, with Ukraine expected to receive around $60 billion. Johnson has faced challenges in getting the bill approved in the House, with some extreme Republicans rebelling against his efforts. Efforts to impeach Johnson by the far-right Republicans, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, did not come to a vote in March.

Calls have been made by some Republicans to convert the aid into loans for Ukraine and to use the frozen funds of Russian billionaires to support the country in its conflict with Russia. Johnson also hopes to secure aid for a natural gas terminal in Louisiana, his home state, which was halted by President Joe Biden in January for environmental reasons.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has left the country in a vulnerable position, facing shortages of essential resources like manpower and ammunition. The White House has been unsuccessful in appealing to extreme Republicans to provide aid to Ukraine, as the political divide on the issue continues.

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