Democrats are really ramping up the pressure on House speaker for Ukraine aid

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President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders have been using all their leverage to get House Speaker Mike Johnson behind critical Ukraine aid, and it appears to be working. CNN reported on Sunday that Johnson has reached out to the pro-Ukraine wing of House Republicans, which has been working on a bipartisan bill that includes military aid—but not humanitarian assistance—to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as well as some border-related measures. The group’s support among House Republican leadership is “[m]ore than you think,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican, told CNN. “We have to get something done.”

This promising development follows a meeting last week in which Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell ganged up on Johnson, pressuring him to make the House vote on the Senate’s foreign aid package, which includes Ukraine aid.

However, things might not be so simple.

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