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Speaker Johnson Declines To Rule Out House Vote On NatSec Supplemental


House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), speaking to reporters in a short press conference at the US Capitol, has blamed Democrats for tanking a standalone vote on Israel aid yesterday: "Let me be clear about what happened last night. The President threated to put a veto on the Israel aid package... There is no reason whatsoever for them to object to that bill. They did it for political reasons... it's a shameful thing."

  • Asked about the national security supplemental package which includes tens of billions in aid for Ukraine which is now in limbo after the collapse of the bipartisan border security deal, Johnson says: "We'll see what the Senate does, we're allowing the process to play and we'll handle it when they send it over."
  • On yesterday's failed vote to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Johnson says: "Yesterday was a setback, but democracy is messy... Mayorkas needs to be held accountable and we will pass those articles of impeachment."
  • Comes as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) prepares to hold a procedural vote on the 'clean' national security supplemental package at around 13:00 ET 18:00 GMT today.
  • Schumer told reporters earlier today there will be a “fair and open” amendment process on the supplemental.

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