The House of Representatives approved sending $14.3 billion in federal aid dollars to Israel in a 226 to 196 vote on Thursday, with 12 Democrats joining Republicans to pass it.
Under the bill brought by House Republicans, that funding will be reallocated from money that was meant for the IRS in President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.
Just two Republicans voted against the bill — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
Among the Democrats who voted in favor of it are Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J.; Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla.; Jared Golden, D-Maine; Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla.; and Lois Frankel, D-Fla.
Republicans celebrated the bill’s passage, with Republican Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer, R-Ala., lauding the aid to a major ally and the defunding of Biden’s IRS.
“Israel has every right defend itself from the brutal attacks we have been witnessing over the past month,” Palmer told Fox News Digital.
“With this piece of legislation, we are helping an ally in need while also cutting funding from Joe Biden’s weaponized IRS. These funds are better used supporting Israel than being used by IRS agents to audit middle class Americans,” he said.
Israel has been in open war with Hamas since last month when militants killed over a thousand Israelis in a surprise attack on villages throughout the southern part of the country.
The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, however, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called it a “joke” on Thursday morning.
“It still mystifies me that at a moment when the world is in crisis, at a time when we need to help Israel respond to Hamas, the House GOP thought it was a good idea to tie Israel aid to a hard right proposal that will raise the deficit and is totally, totally partisan,” Schumer said.
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