Navalny’s death comes after the Senate on Tuesday approved a $95 billion international assistance bill that includes aid to Ukraine. House Speaker Mike Johnson has promised that the Senate version of the package will not come to a vote in the lower chamber and will instead have the House “do its own will.”

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) said Navalny’s death “underscores Putin’s brutal authoritarian rule.”

“The death of @navalny is tragic. “It underscores Putin’s brutal authoritarian rule and what is at stake when the House Speaker refuses to present the Ukraine funding package, kowtowing to extremist House members and Donald Trump.”
Keating said in a post on X.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.)
Russian President Vladimir Putin called
a “mass murderous war criminal” and said former President Donald Trump “has openly encouraged Putin to attack America’s allies and Republicans are blocking aid to Ukraine.”

“Putin assassinates Navalny the same week Donald Trump invites Russia to invade Europe and MAGA Mike Johnson blocks aid to Ukraine.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said in a post on X
. “This is not a coincidence, it is the green light that has been given to Putin.”

Republican lawmakers also reacted to Navalny’s death on social media while criticizing Putin, but stopped short of mentioning aid to Ukraine.

“Putin is a murderous and paranoid dictator”
Senator Thom Tillis (RN.C.) said in X
. “History will not be kind to those in the United States who apologize for Putin and praise Russian autocracy. History will also not be kind to American leaders who remain silent because they fear a backlash from online pundits.”

“If confirmed, Alexei Navalny’s death is a tragedy,” Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “He is a voice for a better Russia amid the corruption and brutality of Putin’s genocidal regime. “The Kremlin must be held accountable for this outrage.”

Anthony Adragna contributed to this report.

By Sam