US President Joe Biden
US President Joe BidenREUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool

US President Joe Biden held a phone call with the top four congressional leaders on Sunday and stressed the “urgent need” for the House to pass the national security supplemental, The Hill reported.

The White House released a statement saying Biden, House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) convened “to discuss Iran’s unprecedented attack against Israel” on Sunday afternoon.

“On the call, the President discussed the urgent need for the House of Representatives to pass the national security supplemental as soon as possible,” the statement continued.

Schumer confirmed the meeting in a statement, reiterating US support for Israel and called on Johnson to pass the national security package, which includes aid for both Ukraine and Israel.

“The US commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad,” Schumer said. “We need to help Israel stay strong against Iran.”

Johnson, meanwhile, said Sunday he will try to advance wartime aid for Israel this week as he attempts the difficult task of winning House approval for a national security package that also includes funding for Ukraine and allies in Asia.

Speaking to Fox News, Johnson said that he and Republicans “understand the necessity of standing with Israel” and he would try this week to advance the aid.

“The details of that package are being put together right now. We’re looking at the options and all these supplemental issues,” he added.

Biden has in recent months sought to approve a large package of aid to Israel, but Democrats and Republicans have clashed over the legislation.

In February, the House of Representatives failed to approve a Republican-led bill that would have provided $17.6 billion to Israel.

Democrats have rejected the measure, saying they want a vote instead on a broader measure that would also provide assistance to Ukraine, international humanitarian funding and new money for border security.

Opponents called the Israel legislation that was rejected a political ploy by Republicans to distract from their opposition to a $118 billion Senate bill which combines an overhaul of US immigration policy and new funding for border security with billions of dollars in emergency aid for Ukraine, Israel and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

The White House has urged members in both chambers of Congress to vote against the Senate bill and said Biden would veto the measure if it reached his desk.