Speaker Johnson Wants THIS From Biden

(TheProudRepublic.com) – House Speaker Mike Johnson is pressing for another meeting with Joe Biden to talk about border security. Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, mentioned on Wednesday that he’s been trying to get a meeting with Biden for almost a month. He’s focused on sorting out the border issues before diving into the $95 billion foreign aid bill the Senate passed.

“If the Speaker of the House can’t meet with the president of the United States, that’s a problem,” Johnson said. “I don’t why they’re uncomfortable having the president sit across the table from me, but I will go in good faith, because we have to solve this issue and do every single thing we can.”

About a month back, Johnson, along with leaders from both parties, met with Biden to find a common ground on the Senate’s foreign aid package. This package included help for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan but also had border security policies. However, Johnson and other Republicans didn’t go for the bill, saying it didn’t do enough to stop illegal migrants at the U.S./Mexico border. The Senate then approved a simplified $95 billion aid package without any border security measures.

“We are not going to be forced into action by the Senate, who in the latest product they sent us over, does not have one word in the bill about America’s border,” Johnson stated. He didn’t dismiss the idea of supporting Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan but emphasized that Congress should first address domestic issues.

The topic of foreign aid, especially for Ukraine, is a touchy subject among House Republicans. Some strongly back Ukraine, while others are hesitant to send more aid without a clear strategy from the Biden administration. Johnson also has to watch out for a challenge from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, who threatened to push for his removal if he agrees to send more aid overseas.

In the meantime, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania, told reporters he’s crafting an alternative to the Senate’s foreign aid plan. This new proposal would cover the border, Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan but might leave out aid for Gaza. Fitzpatrick mentioned he’s collaborating with a small group from both the House and Senate and expects to have something ready soon.