"If we don't get the aid, we'll lose the war." This is Volodymyr Zelensky's appeal to US senators, Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told the New York Times. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of the House has ruled out putting a $24 billion aid package to Ukraine on the agenda by the end of the year, as requested by Joe Biden. "We have our own tax issues to deal with. There are 10,000 people who have just crossed the border and the president is only thinking" of Ukraine, McCarthy said, describing his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky as "positive" and "productive." McCarthy also denied Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a joint session of Congress that would have allowed him to address all deputies and senators.
"We don't have time for a joint session," McCarthy said. "I did exactly what I did with the Italian prime minister, the British prime minister. When leaders come here to Congress, I create a bipartisan group of representatives." McCarthy also avoided being seen publicly with Zelenski by denying photographers access to the meeting room, another sign that House Republicans are split on support for Ukraine. The Kiev leader appeared with Dem Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Republican Mitch McConnell.
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