The Battle in Congress for Foreign Funding

House Speaker Mike Johnson faces mounting frustration among his right-wing Republican colleagues.

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Momentum among frustrated right-wing Republicans builds against House Speaker Mike Johnson following his announcement to bring long-stalled foreign-aid bills to a vote this weekend. Johnson’s battles are two-sided, as he fights to retain his leadership position while also passing crucial aid for America’s overseas allies.

Votes on the aid bills come at a pivotal time: Israel is forced to weigh a response against Iran, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told PBS NewsHour that the country has “no chance of winning” the war against Russia without U.S. support.

Joining the editor in chief of The Atlantic and moderator, Jeffrey Goldberg, to discuss this and more: Eugene Daniels, a White House correspondent for Politico and a co-author of Playbook; Seung Min Kim, a White House reporter for the Associated Press; Vivian Salama, a national politics reporter for The Wall Street Journal; and Graeme Wood, a staff writer for The Atlantic.

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