WATCH LIVE: Jef­fries to hold week­ly brief­ing as Zelen­sky vis­its Capi­tol Hill

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House Minor­i­ty Leader Hakeem Jef­fries (D‑NY) will hold his week­ly press brief­ing on Thurs­day as Ukrain­ian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Zelen­sky vis­its Con­gress to tes­ti­fy on Ukraine’s need for mil­i­tary aid from Con­gress.
House Repub­li­cans have been hes­i­tant to sup­ply addi­tion­al aid for Ukraine while the Unit­ed States faces myr­i­ad oth­er issues, includ­ing prob­lems caused by high infla­tion and a surge of ille­gal immi­gra­tion on the south­ern bor­der. Just last week, the House opposed a White House and Sen­ate Repub­li­can pro­pos­al to pass a $24 bil­lion Ukraine aid sup­ple­men­tal mea­sure with a short-term con­tin­u­ing bud­get res­o­lu­tion.
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The U.S. has sent $113 bil­lion to Ukraine since the start of the war in Feb­ru­ary 2022.
Zelen­sky’s return to Wash­ing­ton is his sec­ond since Rus­sia invad­ed Ukraine last year. Zelen­sky’s first vis­it came as a sur­prise last Decem­ber. This time, Zelen­sky’s trip to Wash­ing­ton comes after he spoke in front of the Unit­ed Nations in New York City.
Jef­fries’s press brief­ing is expect­ed to start at 11 a.m. EDT.