House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters Monday that he will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington this week as Congress is debating new spending on the proxy war in Ukraine.
Zelensky arrived in New York on Monday where he will attend the UN General Assembly. After that, he's headed to Washington where he will visit the White House and Capitol Hill.
Zelensky's visit comes as Congress needs to pass a funding bill by September 30 to avert a government shutdown, and Democrats are looking to include the $24 billion in additional spending on the Ukraine war that President Biden recently requested.
But McCarthy has put forward a continuing resolution for the short-term funding bill that does not include the $24 billion for Ukraine, which will be dead on arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate. McCarthy is also unsure if his resolution will be passed by the House as some Republicans have come out against it due to spending levels.