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US conservative faith leaders praise Johnson for House’s approval of foreign aid

United States RNS Conservative religious leaders who had been imploring Speaker Mike Johnson to back assistance for Ukraine and Israel in fighting their wars celebrated the House’s passage of foreign aid packages Saturday, clearing the way for the measures to go to the Senate. Brent Leatherwood, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious […]

US House passes $US95 billion Ukraine, Israel aid package, sends to Senate

Washington DC, US Reuters The US House of Representatives on Saturday with broad bipartisan support passed a $US95 billion legislative package providing security assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, over bitter objections from Republican hardliners. The legislation now proceeds to the Democratic-majority Senate, which passed a similar measure more than two months ago. US leaders […]

US Baptist leaders urge House Speaker Mike Johnson to support Ukrainian Christians

United States RNS Southern Baptist leaders have written to US House Speaker Mike Johnson, a member and former official of their denomination, urging him to support Ukraine in Russia’s war against its Eastern European neighbour. “As you consider efforts to support Ukraine, we humbly ask that you consider the plight of Christians,” wrote the leaders, […]

Biden surveys collapsed Baltimore bridge, pledges help

Washington DC, US Reuters President Joe Biden took an aerial tour on Friday of the collapsed Baltimore bridge that is blocking a key East Coast shipping lane, and he pledged federal help in rebuilding the span, an idea some Republican lawmakers in the US Congress have resisted. A cargo ship crashed into the Francis Scott […]

US Senate passes $US95 billion Ukraine aid bill, but path ahead unclear

Washington DC, US Reuters The Democratic-led US Senate on Tuesday passed a long-sought $US95.34 billion military aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, although it faced an uncertain path ahead in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. After months of negotiations and political infighting, the lawmakers approved the measure in a 70-29 vote that comfortably exceeded […]