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Mike Johnson elected as 56th speaker of US house, meets Prez Biden

Washington, United States: Mike Johnson, R La., has been elected as the 56th speaker of the United States House of Representatives on October 25, 2023.

On Thursday, Johnson met President of the United States Joe Biden at the White House, this was the first meeting of Johnson with Biden as the House Speaker. The meeting was scheduled as the he attended a bipartisan briefing on the administration’s request to Congress for additional funding on national security.

According to an official from the White House, before heading towards the briefing, President came to the Situation Room and greeted the newly elected speaker Johnson and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jefferies, D-NY.

Newly Elected US House Speaker | Credits: Google Images

A meeting was reportedly hosted to discuss a report on national security that was sent to Congress. It was run by important people like national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, and White House Legislative Affairs Director Shuwanza Goff.

The meeting with the President was also confirmed by a spokesperson for Johnson.

Johnson to attend the bipartisan briefing: White House press secretary

Earlier, the Press Secretary of the White House – Karine Jean-Pierre informed the reporters, earlier on Thursday, stated that Johnson has been invited to participate in “a bipartisan briefing with leadership and relevant committee chairs and ranking members.”

It is to be noted that Johnson attended his first meeting at the White House as the US House Speaker. He was elected after the turmoil of three weeks after ouster of Rep Kevin McCarthy, R-California.

During the meeting, president was quoted saying, “Even though we have real disagreements about important issues, there should be mutual effort to find common ground wherever we can.”

US House of Representative | Credits: Google

The White House has recently made two funding requests to Congress.

On Wednesday, Wednesday, the government requested an additional $56 billion for various things within the country. This includes $23 billion for helping after disasters, $16 billion for taking care of children, and $6 billion to make sure low-income families can use the internet. The request also includes money for national security, helping with energy, fighting the opioid problem, and supporting programs that provide food to people in need.

Last week, President Biden also requested almost $106 billion in aid for Ukraine and Israel, in addition to addressing other national security concerns.

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