House to Consider Stand-Alone Israel Aid; Austin, Blinken Pitch Broader Spending Package

October 31, 2023

House Republicans’ first major bill introduced under Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) would provide $14.3 billion in aid to Israel and take an equal amount of money away from the IRS. The bill is expected to be considered in the House Rules Committee tomorrow to be teed up for floor consideration.

Democrats and top Republicans in the Senate prefer to consider the White House’s broader $106 billion package that also includes funding for Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. border.

“We need to pass this supplemental as soon as we can,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Monday night. “We must not succumb to the false allures of isolationism that the hard right now professes.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken are testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee today to make the case for President Biden’s request.

DOD photo by Chad J. McNeeley

October 31, 2023

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