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Speaker Mike Johnson reveals next legislative priorities on GOP agenda, including border security

House Republicans, after having elected a new Speaker, are looking to move forward with a new legislative agenda, which includes funding for Israel, the U.S.-Mexico border and Ukraine.

Speaker Mike Johnson, who was elected Speaker just a week ago, told Republican Senators Wednesday that his members will hold a vote on a funding package that pairs U.S. border security with fresh Ukraine aid. The package will come up for a vote as soon as lawmakers pass the $14.5 billion Israel aid package.

The emergency funds for Israel requires that the $14.5 billion be offset with spending cuts to the Internal Revenue Service funds that President Biden and congressional Democrats secured last year.

The bills could come to the floor for a vote as early as this week.

The Republican-led effort in the House also comes as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is working to pair Israel and Ukraine aid together, while tying aid to Taiwan and funding for U.S. border security.

McConnell had also made clear that Democrats “will have to accept” no Ukraine funding will pass without serious U.S.-Mexico border security measures included in the package.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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