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Netanyahu To Address Congress, Speaker Mike Johnson Says

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., announced on Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress.

It is unclear when the address will take place, but on Wednesday, Johnson told reporters that he was working with Netanyahu on a date and would be sending the formal invitation this week.

“Tonight, I’m happy to announce something else to you: that we will soon be hosting Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Capitol for a joint session of Congress,” Johnson said during a speech marking Israel’s independence, hosted by the Israeli embassy.

“This will be a timely and I think a very strong show of support to the Israeli government in their time of greatest need,” he added.

Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for details on timing. The Israeli embassy in D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the invitation.

Johnson had previously said he would invite Netanyahu to the House regardless of whether Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agreed to a joint invitation. Thursday, however, marked the first time the plans were formally announced.

Read more here from NBC News. 

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