“The Senate did the right thing last week by rejecting the Ukraine-Taiwan-Gaza-Israel-Immigration legislation due to its insufficient border provisions, and it should have gone back to the drawing board to amend the current Bill to include real border security provisions,” Johnson said.
“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,” he added.
The Republican logjam over the Bill comes amid both disunity within the party and an apparent desire among some to keep the border an open issue leading into the election.
Johnson’s opposition to the Ukraine funding Bill also places him out of step with the top Republican in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Before voting Sunday to move forward with the US$95 billion package, McConnell urged his colleagues to reject the isolationist approach of Trump – without naming him – and his right-wing allies in the House, and to think about the message it would send if the United States failed to support Ukraine and other democracies.
“Our allies and partners are hoping that the indispensable nation – the leader of the free world – has the resolve to continue. And our adversaries are hoping for something quite different,” he said.
Trump sparked consternation among NATO allies over the weekend with a campaign speech in which he said he would “encourage” Russia to invade countries who do not meet defence spending goals.
He renewed those complaints on Monday, claiming on his Truth Social network that “we are helping Ukraine for more than 100 Billion Dollars more than NATO,” apparently referring to other allies besides the United States.
“NATO HAS TO EQUALIZE, AND NOW … IF NOT AMERICA FIRST!” he posted.