BREAKING: Mike Johnson SHUTS DOWN Senate's foreign funding bill

"It's time for Washington to start showing some love for Americans," he said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Wednesday, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson shut down the $95 billion foreign aid package recently passed by the Senate. 

Johnson remained steadfast in his, and most of his party's, belief that no bill that doesn't include funding to solve the crisis at the southern border should be considered by the House.

"The Republican-led House will not be jammed or forced into passing a foreign aid bill that was opposed by most Republican senators and does nothing to secure our own border," he said. "It's time for Washington to start showing some love for Americans."

"On Valentine's Day, it's a good day to point this out," he continued. "We need to listen to the American people and their needs and take action, and that's why House leadership will continue to govern with Americans' interests at heart."

Democrats had been trying to gin up support for a discharge petition, which would have allowed them to bypass Johnson and force a vote, however progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, said they would not sign on, citing the bill's funding for Israel.

The foreign aid package, which dedicates funding to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, passed with a 70-29 vote as 22 Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues to side in favor of the bill.

Johnson made it clear even before the votes had been tallied that he had no intention of letting the bill enter his chamber.

"House Republicans were crystal clear from the very beginning of our discussions that any so-called national security supplemental legislation must recognize that national security begins at our own border," he said. "The House acted ten months ago to help enact transformative policy change by passing the Secure Our Border Act, and since then, including today, the Senate has failed to meet the moment."

"The mandate of national security supplemental legislation was to secure America's own border before sending additional foreign aid around the world," he added. "It is what the American people demand and deserve. Now, in the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters. America deserves better than the Senate's status quo."

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