Biden to meet with Congressional leaders over border and national security funding

President Joe Biden has invited Congressional leaders to the White House to discuss funding for national security, including aid for Ukraine and Israel, and border security1.

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President Joe Biden poses for his official portrait Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in the Library of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

This meeting is set to focus on what the White House calls “the critical importance” of the president’s supplemental funding request2.

The spending package has been in flux for months after congressional Republicans demanded that the Ukraine aid be tied to enhanced border security measures and immigration policy changes2.

Senate negotiators have been seeking middle ground on immigration issues, looking to attract a group of moderates from both parties to back the aid package2.

However, the funding package’s prospects in the GOP-controlled House appear shaky2.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, said at a news conference earlier that House Republicans are “anxious” to see the Senate agreement on border security but quickly cast doubt on whether there would be support for the immigration reform in the lower chamber2.

This meeting comes amid a Friday deadline to pass a short-term funding deal to avoid a government shutdown1.

The White House said the supplemental funding package continues to be a “top priority” for them. The negotiations on border security are ongoing and will continue at the Senate level3.

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