McCaul: Ukraine funding bill will be Speaker determination

Last week, American Greatness reported that Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said that House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) might just “risk his Speakership” over a vote for more Ukraine funding, and yesterday on CBS Face the Nation, House Foreign Affairs Chair Mike McCaul (R-Texas) kicked the ball on Ukraine funding to Johnson.

McCaul, when pressed by CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan as to when the Ukraine aid might come to a vote, answered, “This week.”

The question remains whether Johnson will risk his his speakership in order to push more funding for Ukraine. Johnson remains on thin ice with a number of GOP House members who are opposed to the ongoing aid to Ukraine, including Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who has filed a motion to vacate the Speaker’s seat if he continues to push the funding bill.

Earlier this month Green noted that Speaker Johnson was going against the will of 70% of the American public in pushing the funding vote.

Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ) earlier this month said sending more taxpayer dollars to Ukraine should be off the table and replaced with a push for peace talks.

Congressional pushback against increased aid followed Ukraine’s decision to cancel elections that would have been held two weeks ago under the Ukrainian Constitution. A battle for the speakership is likely looming.

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Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) questions U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a hearing the about the State Department's FY2023 budget request in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on April 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. Blinken recently traveled to Ukraine with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other leaders as that country continues to defend itself against a military invasion by Russia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)