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President Biden is about to host Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the congressional delegation who traveled to Ukraine final week within the White Home State of affairs Room on Tuesday afternoon.
Pelosi, D-Calif., led a delegation of Democratic lawmakers in a visit to Ukraine final month. The delegation included Democratic Reps. Jim McGovern, Gregory Meeks, Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, Invoice Keating and Jason Crow.
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“The president beforehand spoke to Speaker Pelosi in regards to the delegation’s journey by telephone,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated Tuesday. “As we stated earlier this month, he wished to listen to a extra thorough account of their time in Ukraine in particular person after they retired to america.”
Psaki stated Tuesday’s State of affairs Room assembly is “a chance to do precisely that.”
Pelosi and the delegation met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier this month in Kyiv. The speaker stated the journey was meant “to ship an unmistakable and resounding message to all the world: America stands firmly with Ukraine.”
“Our assembly with President Zelenskyy started with him thanking america for the substantial help that now we have supplied,” Pelosi stated in a press release after the assembly, including that Zelenskyy “conveyed the clear want for continued safety, financial and humanitarian help from america to deal with the devastating human toll taken on the Ukrainian individuals by Putin’s diabolic invasion – and our delegation proudly delivered the message that extra American assist is on the way in which, as we work to rework President Biden’s sturdy funding request right into a legislative package deal.”
“Our delegation conveyed our respect and gratitude to President Zelenskyy for his management and our admiration of the Ukrainian individuals for his or her braveness within the combat in opposition to Russia’s oppression,” Pelosi stated after the assembly.
The president has not but visited Ukraine. The White Home stated final week that he “would love to go to,” however that there are “no plans within the works” for him to journey to the nation.
Over the weekend, First Girl Jill Biden traveled to Ukraine and final month, Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made comparable journeys.
Different leaders have traveled to Ukraine. U.Okay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv in April, and was seen in movies shared by Ukraine’s Ministry of Protection strolling down the streets of the capital alongside Zelenskyy.
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In March, prime ministers Mateusz Moravetsky of Poland, Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic and Janez Jansa of Slovenia traveled to Kyiv.
Congress is weighing a $33 billion legislative package deal for Ukraine that the president requested final month, and Biden urged lawmakers to go it “instantly” on Monday.
The emergency supplemental funding invoice for Ukraine contains $20.4 billion in extra safety help for Ukraine, with $5 billion in extra drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Safety Help Initiative, and $4 billion for the State Division’s Overseas Navy Financing program.
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The administration can also be asking for funding to bolster the Justice Division’s “KleptoCapture Process Power” efforts to pursue excessive worth asset seizures from sanctioned people associated to Russian actions in Ukraine.
The Biden administration, in April introduced one other $800 million in navy support for Ukraine, together with heavy artillery and ammunition, because the nation continues to combat to defend itself in opposition to Russia’s multi-front warfare. That funding was along with an authorization of $800 million in weapons, ammunition and different safety help earlier this month.
The $1.6 billion the president accredited final month for Ukraine got here along with the greater than $1 billion the Biden administration already despatched to Ukraine.
The Home of Representatives is about to vote on the package deal Tuesday night time.