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Again… Risk of another shutdown in the US due to Biden’s Ukraine aid

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As the US edges closer to a potential government shutdown in early March, the discord within Congress, particularly over aid to Ukraine, has escalated into what House Financial Services Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry describes as a procedural standoff verging on the nuclear. McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, painted a picture of a legislative body deeply divided, yet paradoxically united in its majority support for a contentious aid package.

This package, recently passed by the Senate, earmarks significant military assistance for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. According to McHenry, an overwhelming majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives back the bulk of the bill’s provisions. “They support 80 to 90% of what’s in the bill,” McHenry stated, emphasizing the broad consensus. “About two-thirds of the House is of that opinion. It will get done. It will just be a question of how it gets done and how long it will take to get done.”

However, the bill’s progress has been stymied by House Speaker Mike Johnson, who, according to McHenry, has utilized his position to thwart the will of the majority, at least temporarily. “What is axiomatic about the House is that any speaker can stand in the way of the majority will on the House floor for a period of time — but not permanently,” McHenry remarked, suggesting a limit to Johnson’s ability to delay the aid package.

McHenry’s comments, according to CBS News, underscore a critical juncture for US politics, where procedural tactics may dictate the pace and direction of crucial foreign aid. His veiled criticism of Johnson hints at internal strife and the strategic maneuvering often necessary to navigate the complex waters of legislative politics. As the deadline looms, the hope is that prudence will prevail, ensuring that vital support for allies does not fall victim to domestic political skirmishes.

This unfolding drama not only highlights the intricacies of US legislative processes but also casts a spotlight on the broader geopolitical implications of the aid package. With the clock ticking towards a potential shutdown, the outcome of this procedural war could have far-reaching consequences, both at home and abroad.

Earlier The Eastern Herald published how the influx of Ukrainian refugees into Poland and Romania has spurred an increase in prostitution and other crimes, amidst the backdrop of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, aimed at “denazifying” and “demilitarizing” the region.

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