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President Biden is set to host Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the congressional delegation that traveled to Ukraine last week in the White House’s situation on Tuesday afternoon.
Pelosi, D-Calif., Led a delegation of Democratic lawmakers on a trip to Ukraine last month. The delegation included Democratic representatives Jim McGovern, Gregory Meeks, Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, Bill Keating and Jason Crow.
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“The president has previously spoken to Pelosi about the delegation’s trip by telephone,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday. “As we said earlier this month, he wanted to hear a more thorough account of their time in Ukraine personally after they withdrew to the United States.”
Psaki said Tuesday’s meeting in the Situation Room is “an opportunity to do just that.”
Pelosi and the delegation met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier this month in Kiev. The speaker said the trip was intended to “send an unmistakable and resounding message to the whole world: America stands firm with Ukraine.”
“Our meeting with President Zelenskyy began by thanking the United States for the significant assistance we have provided,” Pelosi said in a statement after the meeting, adding that Zelenskyy “conveyed the clear need for continued security, economic and humanitarian assistance from United States to address the devastating human toll that Putin’s devilish invasion has inflicted on the Ukrainian people – and our delegation proudly delivered the message that further US support is on the way as we work to transform President Biden’s strong funding request to a legislative package. “
“Our delegation conveyed our respect and gratitude to President Zelenskyy for his leadership and our admiration of the Ukrainian people for their courage in the fight against Russia’s oppression,” Pelosi said after the meeting.
The president has not yet visited Ukraine. The White House said last week that he “would love to visit” but that “there are no plans on the way” for him to travel to the country.
Over the weekend, First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Ukraine, and last month Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made similar trips.
Other leaders have traveled to Ukraine. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Kiev in April and was seen in videos shared by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry walking down the capital’s streets with Zelenskyy.
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In March, Prime Ministers Mateusz Moravetsky from Poland, Petr Fiala from the Czech Republic and Janez Jansa from Slovenia traveled to Kiev.
Congress weighs a $ 33 billion legislative package for Ukraine that the president requested last month, and Biden urged lawmakers to pass it “immediately” Monday.
The supplementary emergency financing bill for Ukraine includes $ 20.4 billion in additional security assistance to Ukraine, with $ 5 billion in additional withdrawal authorization, $ 6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and $ 4 billion for the Foreign Ministry’s foreign military financing program.
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The administration is also requesting funding to strengthen the Justice Department’s KleptoCapture Task Force ‘efforts to pursue seizures of valuable assets from sanctioned individuals related to Russian actions in Ukraine.
In April, the Biden administration announced an additional $ 800 million in military aid to Ukraine, including heavy artillery and ammunition, while the country continues to fight to defend itself against Russia’s multi-front war. That funding came in addition to an $ 800 million authorization in weapons, ammunition and other security assistance earlier this month.
The $ 1.6 billion that the president approved last month for Ukraine came in addition to the more than $ 1 billion that the Biden administration has already sent to Ukraine.
The House of Representatives is due to vote on the package Tuesday night.