House Passes Standalone Israel Support, Setting Up Showdown with Senate, President

November 3, 2023

The House passed a bill Thursday to provide $14.3 billion in funding for Israel support. The vote was 226 to 196, mostly along party lines, as Military Times reported. Democratic opposition was driven primarily by the bill’s provision to cut the same amount from the IRS budget.

“It is supposedly paid for with cuts to the IRS of $14.3 billion, which [the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office] says will nearly double the cost of this bill and add $12 billion to the deficit,” House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said, according to CQ. “It furthers the Republican goal of keeping billionaires and the big corporations from paying taxes.”

Many Senators from both parties prefer to consider the White House’s broader $106 billion national security spending plan that would provide funding for Israel, Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific and the U.S.-Mexico border. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that President Joe Biden would veto any aid package that didn’t include support for all the administration’s priorities as outlined in the White House’s broader funding request.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who often voted against Ukraine aid before becoming speaker, said he will pair Ukraine aid with U.S. southern border funding, The Hill reported.

Air Force photo by Senior Airman Olivia Gibson

November 3, 2023

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