Biden urges Congress to avoid government shutdown

President Joe Biden met with the top four leaders of Congress on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, to press them to act quickly to avoid a looming government shutdown early next month and to pass emergency aid for Ukraine and Israel.

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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)

The government shutdown would damage the economy and affect the national security interests of the American people.

Biden also expressed his concern about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and the need to replenish Israel’s supply of Iron Dome interceptors after the Hamas attack in October 2023.

The Senate has already passed a $95 billion national security package that bolsters aid for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific, but the House, under the leadership of Speaker Mike Johnson, has not brought it up for a vote.

The meeting was described as one of the most intense in the Oval Office by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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