Lawmakers in the US are still in talks to come to an agreement on providing aid to Ukraine as the holiday season approaches.
There is a chance that U.S. legislators will come to an agreement on providing assistance to Ukraine before they depart for the holiday break next week.
On Thursday afternoon, senators engaged in discussions regarding the White House’s $106 billion proposal for additional national security funds. This request includes $60 billion allocated for military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
The Republican senators have presented their own plan for financing border security and modifying U.S. immigration regulations in exchange for their support in approving additional aid for Ukraine.
The Senate planned to adjourn on Thursday for the rest of the year. Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, is likely to declare that the Senate will take a break for the weekend and resume discussions on Monday.
The House of Representatives, which is controlled by Republicans and includes members who are hesitant to provide assistance to Ukraine, had plans to adjourn for the remainder of the year on Thursday. However, members have finished their voting for the week and may need to return to Washington if the Senate comes to an agreement.
The Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, has stated his intention to adhere to the schedule, which includes a break for members until their return on January 9th.
On Thursday morning, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, expressed optimism that a consensus can be reached.
“I believe that most Democrats and Republicans are in favor of approving a supplementary bill and are willing to address border security concerns, as we acknowledge the current crisis at the border,” stated the speaker.