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    Biden and Party Leaders Implore Speaker Johnson to Help Ukraine in ‘Intense’ Oval Office Meeting

    Biden and Party Leaders Implore Speaker Johnson to Help Ukraine in ‘Intense' Oval Office Meeting

    — Congressional leaders emerged from an “intense” Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday speaking optimistically about the prospects for avoiding a partial government shutdown, but with uncertainty about aid for Ukraine and as the president and others urgently warned Speaker Mike Johnson of the grave consequences of delay.

    Biden called the leaders to the White House in hopes of making progress against a legislative logjam on Capitol Hill that has major ramifications not just for the U.S. but for the world as Ukraine struggles to repel 's invasion with weapons and ammunition starting to run short.

    “The need is urgent,” Biden said of the Ukraine aid. “The consequences of inaction every day in Ukraine are dire.”

    Biden hosted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Oval Office along with Republican House Speaker Johnson and Vice President Kamala Harris. After the more than hour-long meeting, Biden pulled Johnson aside for a private conversation.

    Democratic leaders upon exiting the meeting were blunt about the dangers Ukraine is facing.

    “We said to the speaker, ‘get it done,'” said Schumer. “I said I've been around here a long time, it's maybe four or five times that history is looking over your shoulder and if you don't do the right thing, whatever the…

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