Pres. Biden Meets With Top Congressional Leaders

February 27, 2024

It was frank and honest.

United States Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) on a meeting with President Joe Biden and other top Congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday. The leaders discussed legislation to fund the government, a national security supplemental package including aid to Ukraine as well as U.S. border policy.

Why It Matters: A potential government shutdown looms if Congress does not arrive at an agreement on funding legislation by end of day, Friday. The debate circles around funding at several federal agencies (including the departments of Transportation and Veterans Affairs). After Tuesday’s meeting at the White House, both Democratic and Republican leaders expressed optimism about reaching a deal before the deadline; separately, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) emphasized a need to provide funding to Ukraine, while House Speaker Johnson expressed the importance of addressing U.S. border policy.

Big Picture: Friday’s deadline comes a week ahead of a separate deadline for lawmakers to agree on funding for several other federal departments, including Homeland Security and Defense, and marks the fourth time lawmakers have “flirted” with a funding deadline since September, passing stopgap bills to fund government agencies.

Read More: Biden implores Congress to avoid a government shutdown, send urgent aid to Ukraine and Israel (The Associated Press)

Shutdown Fears Fade After White House Meeting (The Wall Street Journal)

Readout of President Biden and Vice President Harris’s Meeting with Congressional Leadership on Government Funding and the Bipartisan National Security Supplemental (The White House)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas