The Potential Political Fallout Over Foreign Funding

Has Speaker Mike Johnson once again risked his tenuous leadership position?

Courtesy of Washington Week With The Atlantic

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This week, after signing a $95 billion military-aid package into law, President Joe Biden announced that crucial weapons are being rushed to Ukraine. The passage of this bill, which includes funding for Israel, Taiwan, and other foreign allies, marks the end of the drawn-out fight in Congress over foreign funding. Still, lawmakers continue to contend with the future of party leadership on Capitol Hill: Will there be political ramifications for Biden and House Speaker Mike Johnson?

Johnson also traveled to Columbia University on Wednesday, where, along with other Republican lawmakers, he spoke to students as demonstrations against the war in Gaza have erupted on campuses across the country. At Columbia, Johnson was met with boos and pro-Palestinian chants from students. Meanwhile, Biden also faces questions about whether his policy on Israel could hurt his standing among young voters in November.

Joining the editor in chief of The Atlantic and moderator, Jeffrey Goldberg, to discuss this and more: Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent at The New York Times; Laura Barrón-López, a White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour; David Drucker, a senior writer at The Dispatch; and Mara Liasson, a national political correspondent for NPR.

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