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West Virginia voters share how Trump and Manchin endorsements influence their votes in Tuesday's primary

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Charles Town, W.Va. – West Virginians shared what role Sen. Joe Manchin and former President Trump’s endorsements would play in their voting decisions in Tuesday’s primary election.”I don’t trust either one of them,” one Charles Town resident, Bette, told Fox News.Redistricting in West Virginia led to a primary race in the state’s 2nd District between two incumbents, Republican Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney. Trump endorsed Mooney last year, while Manchin, a Democrat, recently crossed the aisle to back McKinley.
Bette, a Charles Town resident, said she doesn’t trust Trump or Manchin and won’t consider their endorsements in her voting decisions (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

Biden to outline 'plan to tackle inflation,' draw contrast between his administration and 'ultra-MAGA' plans

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President Biden on Tuesday is expected to outline his plan to lower costs for American families and tackle the historic inflation facing the nation, while drawing a stark contrast between his administration’s policies and an “ultra-MAGA” proposal that White House officials say would be “devastating” for the middle class.A White House official said Biden will lay out his “plan to tackle inflation” on Tuesday.WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN HAS BEEN ‘STRUCK’ BY TRUMP’S ‘HOLD’ ON GOPInflation numbers released last month revealed a new four-decade high in March as Russia’s war on Ukraine fueled rapid price gains for oil and gas that wiped out the benefits of rising wages for most Americans.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden, March 31, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo)The consumer price index rose 8.5% in March from a year ago, according to the Labor Department report released Tuesday, marking the fastest increase since January 1982 when inflation hit 8.4%. The CPI, which measures a bevy of goods ranging from gasoline and health care to groceries and rents, jumped 1.2% in the period from January.The White House has blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the record-high gas prices in the U.S., even coining the surge as the “#PutinPriceHike” and vowing that Biden will do everything he can to shield Americans from “pain at the pump.”Biden, last month, announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will allow E15 gasoline – gasoline that uses a 15% ethanol blend – to be sold in the United States this summer in an effort to expand Americans’ access to an affordable fuel supply amid the surge in gas prices across the nation.A White House official pointed to Biden’s move to take steps to release 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the next 6 months. Biden also is expected to continue to call on Congress to make companies pay fees on idled wells and non-producing acres of federal lands, so that companies will have to choose whether to begin producing, or pay a fee.BIDEN SAYS ‘MAGA CROWD’ IS ‘MOST EXTREME POLITICAL ORGANIZATION THAT’S EXISTED’ IN RECENT AMERICAN HISTORYThe official said the president will also call on Congress to pass “clean energy and vehicle tax credits and investments” in an effort to reduce U.S. dependence on “reckless autocrats like Putin,” while saving money for families and accelerating “homegrown clean energy innovation.”The official said the president will also lay out ways to lower prescription drug and health care costs, lower food prices by helping American farmers, lower the cost of every day goods by repairing supply chains, and lower the costs of child care and housing.The White House official also referred to Biden’s move last month to freeze federal student loan payments and interest rates through August.”These are just a handful of examples of what the Administration has been doing day in and day out for months to put more money in the pockets of Americans,” the official said. “On the other hand, Republicans love to use inflation as a political talking point, but does anyone have a clue what their plan is to bring down prices?”
Sen. Rick Scott is “fully in lockstep” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a Biden aide who was mocked after making the comparison.
(AP Photo/John Raoux)The official pointed to a tax plan rolled out by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., titled the “11 Point Plan to Rescue America,” which proposed raising income taxes on Americans.WHITE HOUSE TOUTS ‘SMALL BUSINESS BOOM’ AHEAD OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS, DESPITE HIGH INFLATION, GAS PRICES”All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount,” Scott wrote in the plan. “Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.”The White House official, on Tuesday, said “the only plan congressional Republican leadership has put forward is an ultra-MAGA proposal that would raise taxes on 75 million, primarily middle-class, American families while sunsetting vital programs like Social Security and Medicare.””You can expect the President will talk about why that plan might make sense to people with memberships at Mar-a-Lago, but would be devastating for the middle class,” the White House official said.But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., shut down the Scott proposal, saying last month that Republicans “will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years.”A senior Republican source told Fox News that “income tax hikes are never part of the discussion when Republicans are in charge in Washington.” RICK SCOTT HITS BACK AT BIDEN FOR ‘COMPLETE LIE’ ABOUT HIS ‘RESCUE AMERICA’ PLANLast week, Biden, speaking from the White House, ripped Scott for his plan saying, “It’s extreme, as most MAGA things are. It will actually raise taxes on 75 million American families.”Scott denied Biden’s claims, highlighting rising consumer prices as American families grapple with sky-high prices at the grocery store and the gas pump. “Taxes have gone up on Americans constantly… My plan is to reduce taxes, but let’s get everybody back to work,” Scott said last week. “I want to fix this country. We’ve got to rescue this country, not take it down Joe Biden’s horrible path.”The president, for weeks, has been taking aim at Republicans—specifically his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, and the “MAGA” movement that he says has taken over the GOP.Last week, Biden, reacting to the leaked draft majority opinion signaling the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade, said: “This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history—-in recent American history.”Biden’s comments about “MAGA” come after he declared last month that the GOP “ain’t your father’s Republican Party,” saying it has shifted to a “MAGA party,” warning that right-leaning politicians “who know better” are “afraid to act correctly” out of fear of losing a primary election.TRUMP REACTS TO BIDEN’S MAGA CRITICISM, SAYS MOVEMENT ‘SAVING AMERICA’The White House, last week, also said the president has been “struck” by the “hold” former President Trump has on the Republican Party.BIDEN RAMPING UP FOR THE MIDTERMS: ‘EXPECT MORE POTUS’”He has been struck by the hold his predecessor seems to have on far too many members of the party,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week.
President Trump and Joe Biden as they made their final pitches to voters in 2020 (Getty Images)

DOJ silent on abortion protests at justices' homes despite federal law prohibiting 'pickets' to influence case

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The Department of Justice is remaining silent on continued protests by abortion activists outside conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes, despite a federal law that makes it illegal to attempt to “influence” federal officials and  the outcome of a court case.The pro-abortion protestors are targeting the private homes of the six Republican-appointed justices after the leak last week of a draft opinion signaled the Supreme Court intends to overturn landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.Federal U.S. code 1507, states that any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” near a U.S. court or “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” will be fined, or “imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” Despite the language included in the federal statute, Attorney General Merrick Garland has not issued a public statement addressing the protests outside conservative justices’ homes. And the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Garland’s silence and the reason why protestors have not been arrested.PENCE DECRIES PLANNED ABORTION ACTIVIST DISRUPTIONS OF MOTHER’S DAY CHURCH SERVICES: ‘TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE’According to senior fellow at the National Review Institute and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy, the Biden DOJ is being silent on this for the same reason as the White House: “They are elevating their political interest in portraying the draft Supreme Court opinion as extreme over their constitutional duty to execute the laws faithfully and protect both the Court and the justices.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing to discuss the fiscal year 2023 budget of the Department of Justice at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP) 
(AP)”I would note that months ago, when Attorney General Garland unjustifiably dispatched the FBI to investigate parents who were protesting the inclusion of racist and anti-American materials in school curricula, Garland claimed that the Justice Department had an interest in protecting teachers and school administrators. Not only was it untrue that schools were under siege; the relationship between parents and schools is a state and local issue, not a federal one — hypothetically, if a parent were to assault a teacher, it would be a state crime, not a federal one,” continued McCarthy.McCarthy referred to a DOJ memo from last fall, directing the FBI to investigate “threats of violence” at school board meetings in order to combat threats against school officials by angry parents. Garland received massive backlash for his directive because it came just days after the National School Board Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to Biden asking his administration to treat parent protests at school board meetings as possible acts of “domestic terrorism.””By contrast, the protection of the Supreme Court as an institution, and of the justices’ security, are patently federal matters over which federal law-enforcement has clear jurisdiction. It is inexcusable that the Justice Department is so silent and passive now, when it was loud and active over a manufactured controversy as to which it had no jurisdiction,” McCarthy told Fox News Digital.
Protestors stand outside of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes to object to Roe v. Wade overturn.
(Fox News)America First Legal senior advisor Ian Prior also reacted to the department’s silence, telling Fox News Digital: “It says all you need to know about how politicized this Department of Justice is. Despite no records from the FBI about a spike in harassment or threats to schools boards, Merrick Garland weaponized the DOJ against parents a mere four days after the Biden Administration received a letter from the NSBA.”LIBERALS CELEBRATE PROTESTS OUTSIDE SCOTUS JUSTICES’ HOMES, CHURCHES: ‘MASS RESISTANCE’”Meanwhile, here you have protesters arguably violating federal law by protesting at Supreme Court justices’ homes to influence a legal decision, and we haven’t heard a peep from Garland. This administration has showed nothing but contempt for anyone that doesn’t fall in line with its radical policies and appears to be completely fine with extremist, mob-like tactics to back those policies,” continued Prior.
Protestors stand outside of conservative Supreme Court justices’ homes to object to Roe v. Wade overturn.
(Fox News)White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Monday in response to growing backlash at the protests outside of justices’ homes that President Biden “strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest.””But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism,” Psaki tweeted. “Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”However, Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino tweeted in response to Psaki’s statement Monday that the White House still has “no problem” with activists protesting outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes, despite Justice Alito reportedly having to leave his house due to the unrest.Severino told Fox News Digital in a statement: “Merrick Garland appears much more interested in treating parents like terrorists than prosecuting protesters seeking to influence the justices at their residences, which the White House has made it clear it supports.”​Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said last week during a committee hearing that “There is no room for mob action, intimidation, or any personal threats against a public official. Period. Whether it involves their home or otherwise it is out of line.”He continued when asked if it’s appropriate for protestors to show up at their homes, “No. I don’t care for people who do it to my home and they have… it is demeaning and adolescent and not convincing at all when you’re trying to plead your case by doing something that outrageous.”President Biden also “strongly” condemned an attack on a Wisconsin pro-life activist center, saying in a statement that the administration condemns “political violence of any stripe.” “The President has made clear throughout his time in public life that Americans have the fundamental right to express themselves under the Constitution, whatever their point of view,” the White House said in a statement Monday. “But that expression must be peaceful and free of violence, vandalism, or attempts to intimidate.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAbortion activists protested outside of Chief Justice John Robert’s and Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s homes over the weekend, and the group “Shut Down DC” is organizing another group that will be stationed outside of Justice Samuel Alito’s home on Monday evening.Alito is the author of the leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion to individual states.”We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito wrote in a February draft opinion for the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

Lori Lightfoot warns the LGBTQ+ community, 'The Supreme Court is coming for us next'

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Lori Lightfoot, the Democrat lesbian mayor of Chicago, took to Twitter Monday to warn others in the LGBTQ+ community that the Supreme Court would be “coming after us next,” following the leaked draft opinion striking down the key abortion precedent Roe v. Wade (1973).”To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next,” Lightfoot wrote on Twitter. “This moment has to be a call to arms. We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!”DEMOCRATS PUSH TO PACK THE SUPREME COURT, ABOLISH FILIBUSTER, AFTER LEAKED ABORTION DRAFT OPINIONLightfoot had announced an initiative to make Chicago an “island of reproductive freedom” and a “safe haven” for abortion in the Midwest earlier Monday. Her “Justice For All Pledge” dedicates $500,000 towards access to abortion in her city, including transportation and lodging for women coming in from out of state.
Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a science initiative event at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. July 23, 2020. 
(REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski)Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed last week that Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was genuine – although the draft dates back to February, and it does not represent the current or final opinion of the Court. In the draft, Alito strikes down Roe v. Wade, which struck down state laws across the country, and allows states to again make their own laws on abortion.Other Democrats have also predicted that the overturning of Roe v. Wade may prompt the overturning of Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the case in which the Supreme Court codified same-sex marriage.SUPREME COURT LEAK CONFIRMS RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S PRESCIENT WARNING ABOUT ROE V. WADEPresident Biden claimed on Tuesday that the “underlying premise” of the leaked draft Dobbs opinion “basically says all the decisions related to your private life — who you marry, whether or not you decide to conceive a child or not, whether or not you can have an abortion, a range of other decisions” would be fair game for legislating because Roe affirmed a right to privacy encompassing abortion. 
U.S. President Biden speaks to reporters while departing at Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., April 12, 2022. 
(REUTERS/Al Drago)He asked, “does this mean that in Florida they can decide they’re going to pass a law saying that same-sex marriage is not permissible, that it’s against the law in Florida?”The president on Wednesday again suggested that the Dobbs opinion would impact the LGBT community.He cited Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), in which the Court guaranteed the right to contraception in marriage, as under threat. In remarks Wednesday, he asked, “What happens if you have — a state changes the law saying that — that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children? Is that — is that legit under the way the decision is written?”Some have even mentioned Loving v. Virginia (1967), in which the Court struck down bans on interracial marriage.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito addresses the audience during the “The Emergency Docket” lecture Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in the McCartan Courtroom at the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind. 
(Michael Caterina /South Bend Tribune via AP)Yet Alito’s draft opinion explicitly states that it would not impact Griswold or Obergefell or Loving. Alito notes that Roe cites Griswold, and that supporters of Roe cite Obergefell to defend the abortion precedent.”What sharply distinguishes the abortion right from the rights recognized in the cases on which Roe and [the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey] rely is something that both those decisions acknowledged: Abortion destroys what those decisions call ‘potential life’ and what the law at issue in this case regards as the life of an ‘unborn human being,’” Alito wrote.”None of the other decisions cited by Roe and Casey involved the critical moral question posed by abortion,” the justice added. “They do not support the right to obtain an abortion, and by the same token, our conclusion that the Constitution does not confer such a right does not undermine them in any way.”
Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over a City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2021, in Chicago. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
(Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)The Wall Street Journal editorial board also noted that Americans have a broad consensus on the moral acceptability of birth control (92%, according to Gallup), Black-White marriages (94%, according to Gallup), and even on the legal status of same-sex marriages (70%, according to Gallup). Meanwhile, Americans are split on abortion – with some favoring a full ban on the practice, others supporting it in every circumstance, and a majority supporting it in some but not all circumstances.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhile many polls suggest Americans support Roe, in-depth polling reveals a more complicated picture. When asked about their opinion on abortion during specific periods of pregnancy and other situations, 71% of Americans say they support restricting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy (22%), or in other limited circumstances such as rape and incest (28%), to save the life of the mother (9%) or not at all (12%). Only 17% of Americans said abortion should be available during an entire pregnancy and 12% said it should be restricted to the first six months.

Susan Rice is the latest member of Biden's inner circle to test positive for COVID-19

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White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, making her the latest member of President Biden’s inner circle to contract the virus. “This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m feeling fine and grateful to be vaccinated and double boosted,” Rice tweeted on Monday afternoon. “I last saw the President in person on Wednesday—masked—and under CDC guidance he is not considered a close contact.”
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – DECEMBER 11: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (right) looks on as former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice delivers remarks after being introduced as Biden’s choice to lead his Domestic Policy Council at the Queen Theater on December 11, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. President-elect Joe Biden is continuing to round out his domestic team with the announcement of his choices for cabinet secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Agriculture, and the heads of his domestic policy council and the U.S. Trade Representative.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla)Several other people close to the president – including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack – have tested positive in recent weeks. VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19ABC News Correspondent Jonathan Karl tested positive for COVID-19 just days after shaking the president’s hand on stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30. Several other attendees at that dinner have also caught COVID-19 over the past week. 
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4 in Washington. A California man was arrested in Iowa last week as he was traveling to Washington D.C., after he was found with a “hit list” featuring Biden, former presidents and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Biden is regularly tested for COVID-19 and those expected to interact with him are also required to be tested, the White House has said.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe president received his second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine in March, one day after health officials approved a fourth shot for Americans over the age of 50. 

Protests erupt outside home of Justice Alito

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Demonstrators rallied outside the Northern Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday evening to protest his draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Videos of the protesters flanked by cameramen showed people marching up and down the street chanting slogans like: “our bodies, our voice!” and “Alito is a coward!”  Some members of the crowd carried a banner that read: “Repro Freedom For All.” The political group Shut Down DC said it would be organizing a vigil outside Justice Alito’s home because “it’s been impossible to reach him at the Supreme Court.” The group argued that with Justice Alito’s draft opinion, not only was abortion on the line but “could also be used to allow states to outlaw contraception, same-sex marriage, protections for LGBTQ folks, and even interracial marriage.” REPORTER CALLS FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST PRO-LIFERS, SAYS THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE ‘PEACE OR SAFETY’ UNTIL THEY’RE DEADThe demonstration came after the Senate passed legislation to beef up security for Supreme Court justices, ensuring they and their families are protected as the court deliberates abortion access and whether to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.The bipartisan bill aims to put the court on par with the executive and legislative branches, ensuring the nine justices are provided security as some protesters have gathered outside their homes. The bill now moves to the House for its consideration.
Protestors gather outside the Supreme Court to protest abortion rights (Fox News Digital)
(Fox News Digital)The legislation is a technical change that allows Supreme Court law enforcement to provide around-the-clock security to immediate family members, in line with protection for certain people in the executive and legislative branches. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPProtests have erupted in front of the Supreme Court and around the country after a leaked draft opinion suggested the court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Biden calls on Congress to 'immediately' pass Ukraine aid bill, says COVID funding will 'move separately'

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President Biden on Monday urged Congress to “immediately” pass the “urgent” $33 billion proposal to provide military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, while saying he is “prepared to accept” that measure and a COVID-19 funding package will “move separately” so that the Ukrainian aid bill can get to his desk “right away.”Biden, last month, requested $33 billion from Congress for additional security, military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine and for U.S. efforts to strengthen European security in cooperation with NATO allies and partners.BIDEN REQUESTS $33B FROM CONGRESS FOR UKRAINE EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING”The plan was substantial in size, because the need is substantial: We must stand by Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression,” Biden said in a statement Monday. “The need is also urgent: I have nearly exhausted the resources given to me by a bipartisan majority in Congress to support Ukraine’s fighters.”The president said the aid “has been critical to Ukraine’s success on the battlefield.”
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4 in Washington. A California man was arrested in Iowa last week as he was traveling to Washington D.C., after he was found with a “hit list” featuring Biden, former presidents and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)”We cannot allow our shipments of assistance to stop while we await further Congressional action,” Biden said. “We are approximately ten days from hitting this critical deadline.”The president said that there “appears to be strong support for the proposal” he submitted last month, and said Congress is “likely to pass it in substantially the form I proposed.” The president said that he had previously recommended Congress take “overdue action” on “much-needed funding for COVID treatments, vaccines and tests, as part of the Ukraine Supplemental bill.”Biden, Monday, though, said Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have communicated to him that “such an addition would slow down action on the urgently needed Ukrainian aid.” Biden said the view was “expressed strongly by several Congressional Republicans.”  “We cannot afford delay in this vital war effort,” Biden said. “Hence, I am prepared to accept that these two measures move separately, so that the Ukrainian aid bill can get to my desk right away.”Biden added, though, that “as vital as it is to help Ukraine combat Russian aggression, it is equally vital to help Americans combat COVID.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after a Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.  
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)”Without timely COVID funding, more Americans will die needlessly,” Biden said. “In the fall, if we are hit by new variants, it will be too late to get the tools needed for protection – critical treatments that will be available in Europe, but not the United States.” He called on Congress to “immediately” pass the Ukrainian Supplemental funding bill, and pressed Congress to “move promptly on the COVID funding bill.”In addition, Fox News learned that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has insisted on separating the Ukraine aid from COVID and the president indicated to congressional leaders his desire to pass the Ukraine aid first without the COVID funding, given opposition by Senate Republicans. Democratic appropriators are making a new offer on the Ukraine aid package, with a new overall figure at $39.8 billion, Fox News has learned. Following passage of the Ukraine aid bill, the COVID measure would begin moving its way through the House of Representatives. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe emergency supplemental funding bill for Ukraine includes $20.4 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine, including $5 billion in additional drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $4 billion for the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing program.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave a press conference Saturday, April 23, 2022.
(Fox News)WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN ‘WOULD LOVE TO VISIT UKRAINE,’ BUT THERE ARE ‘NO PLANS IN THE WORKS’ FOR A TRIPThe administration is also asking for funding to bolster the Justice Department’s “KleptoCapture Task Force” efforts to pursue high value asset seizures from sanctioned individuals related to Russian actions in Ukraine.The emergency supplemental funding request came after the Biden administration, last month, announced another $800 million in military aid for Ukraine, including heavy artillery and ammunition, as the country continues to fight to defend itself against Russia’s multi-front war. That funding was in addition to an authorization of $800 million in weapons, ammunition and other security assistance earlier this month. That $1.6 billion the president approved last month for Ukraine came in addition to the more than $1 billion the Biden administration already sent to Ukraine.