Keep an eye on these lawmakers during Congress’ foreign aid push

This week will help decide the future of Mike Johnson’s speakership — as well as aid to Ukraine that supporters say is necessary to avoid another world war. Here are five lawmakers to watch as the House heats up, as reported by Bloomberg Government’s Maeve Sheehey and Jonathan Tamari.

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    House Members to Watch During This Week’s Foreign Aid End Run

    House Members to Watch During This Week’s Foreign Aid End Run

    With the House on the brink of chaos, a few major players will jostle over whether Congress sends foreign aid to the president’s desk, and if Johnson’s leadership survives the week.

    Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)

    Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is about as powerful as a minority leader could be. The House GOP’s narrow majority and deep divisions mean Johnson will need Democrats to pass foreign aid to Ukraine, giving Jeffries huge leverage.

    Rules Chairman Michael Burgess (R-Texas)

    New Rules Chair Burgess (R-Texas) faces a tough test on foreign aid, just about a week after he got the gavel. Johnson has signaled he’ll try to pass a rule governing all four bills. That sets up Burgess’ first major trial as chair.

    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)

    Greene is virulently opposed to funding Ukraine’s defense against Russia, as one of the party’s isolationist right-wingers. This week could give her more fodder to build support for her ouster attempt.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

    While most Democrats are eager to support any bill that provides the long-sought aid to allies, there’s growing dismay with Israel’s conduct on the left. So keep an eye on the New York congresswoman and her progressive allies in The Squad.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    AOC was noncommittal Tuesday, saying she could support a Ukraine-only bill without saying exactly where she stood on support for Israel. Her statements could ultimately signal where the left lands on the package.

    Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

    A Problem Solvers co-chairman, national security hawk, and co-chair of the House’s Ukraine Caucus, Fitzpatrick has been trying for weeks to find a compromise solution to aid Kyiv.

    Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick

    Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick

    If Johnson tries to appease his right wing with sleights of hand or other poison pills, he could lose a significant faction of his conference that sees helping Ukraine as an existential issue for both Europe and the US.

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