House Republicans have introduced a $17.6 billion aid package exclusively for Israel, as a broader Senate proposal that includes funding for border security and Ukraine in addition to Israel encounters delays and opposition.
House Speaker Mike Johnson communicated this development in a letter to his colleagues, emphasizing the urgency of the situation in Israel and the need for swift legislative action.
“Given the Senate’s failure to move appropriate legislation in a timely fashion, and the perilous circumstances currently facing Israel, the House will continue to lead,” Johnson wrote. “Next week, we will take up and pass a clean, standalone Israel supplemental package.”
This new bill focuses solely on aid for Israel, excluding the IRS funding cuts previously considered. It allocates $5.2 billion toward Israel’s defense systems, including the Iron Dome and Iron Beam, and provides $3.5 billion for advanced weaponry. Additionally, the bill earmarks $50 million to assist Americans in evacuating the region in emergencies.
Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie expressed his opposition to the bill, citing concerns over its impact on the U.S. debt and the lack of spending offsets.
“Israel has a lower debt to GDP ratio than the United States. This spending package has no offsets, so it will increase our debt … I’m a No,” Massie stated on social media.
The backdrop to this legislative effort is the ongoing conflict between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, which began on October 7. The Senate’s version of the aid package, which is broader in scope, is slated for a vote by Wednesday. However, it faces skepticism from Senate Republicans regarding its border security provisions and is unlikely to pass in the House, as reported by The New York Times.
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