WATCH: Chuck Schumer says he tried to guilt Mike Johnson into passing $60 billion Ukraine aid bill

"History is looking over your shoulder," he told the Speaker, "and if you don't do the right thing ... you will regret it."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that in an effort to force $60 billion in additional aid for Ukraine through Congress, he tried to guilt House Speaker Mike Johnson into allowing a vote on the package in his chamber.

Johnson has been reluctant to move forward with the funding for the foreign war, and made it clear that despite Schumer's attempts, his position had not changed. Johnson has insisted that there would be no Ukraine funding without serious efforts at border security. 

"We said to the Speaker, 'Get it done'," Schumer began. "I said I've been around here a long time, it's maybe four or five times that history is looking over your shoulder, and if you don't do the right thing, whatever the immediate politics are, you will regret it ... two years from now and every year after that."

Pointing out that it was "in [Johnson's] hands" now, the senator went on to note that he and his colleague had given the Speaker a "passionate" defense of funding the war.

"I talked about my trip to Ukraine where I met soldiers who had Russian artillery in range ... but had no ammunition to fire at it," Schumer continued. "It was the consensus in that room, Zelensky and Ukraine will lose the war if we don't get the arms and don't get them quickly."

Speaking with reporters soon after, Johnson reiterated what he has said all along, that his number one priority is taking care of America's needs. 

Schumer's suggestion that Johnson was the only hope to save Ukraine mirrored statements made by national security adviser Jake Sullivan in an interview with CNN on Sunday.

"There is a strong bipartisan majority in the House standing ready to pass this bill if it comes to the floor," Sullivan argued. "That decision rests on the shoulders of one person, and history is watching whether Speaker Johnson will put that bill on the floor. If he does, it will pass, we will get Ukraine what it needs for Ukraine to succeed. If he doesn't, then we will not be able to give Ukraine the tools required for it to stand up to Russia, and Putin will be the major beneficiary of that."
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