Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is returning to Washington less than a year after he last visited, seeking to solidify support for his country as chaos on Capitol Hill threatens both the U.S. economy and America’s support for Ukraine.
Standing side by side with President Biden will send a signal of America’s commitment to Kyiv’s fight against Russia’s invasion. But his meetings with lawmakers are likely to highlight the growing skepticism over the cost of ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine in Congress, which ultimately has control over additional military and financial assistance.
Criticism has been the loudest in the House, where a growing group of far-right Republicans want to cut off funding entirely. But even in the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said there’s “unanimity” in support for Ukraine, there’s significant fractures on what that support entails.
Zelensky is expected to meet with congressional leadership and a limited number of lawmakers. While the meeting with the Ukrainian president is open to all senators, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is reserving a specific number of seats for lawmakers and is extending invitations related to committee assignments, but did not offer specifics.
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