Speaker Johnson Says Biden Border Crisis Is Top Issue In Urgent Budget Talks

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., meets with reporters following a closed-door GOP meeting, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., face a partial government shutdown deadline this week and another separate shutdown early next week, setting up a chaotic Congress and frantic dealmaking, or lack thereof, before Friday.

President Joe Biden brought Congressional leaders to the White House Tuesday where he urged them to secure a deal to keep the government open that includes funding for Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.

“We got to figure out how we’re going to keep funding the government, which is an important problem, an important solution we need to find,” Biden said at the meeting, going on to say the need to fund Ukraine is “urgent” and not doing so would be “dire.”