The United States House of Representatives approved this Thursday (2) a $14.3 billion military aid package for Israelproposed by the Republicans.
The episode begins a legislative clash with Democrats, complicated by growing differences over assistance to Ukraine and debates on how to improve the country’s border security.
The measure passed 226 to 196 votes in a largely party-driven vote that masked broad underlying U.S. support for sending weapons and funding to Israel.
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The bill for Chamber It is controversial because it also takes money from the US IRS and ignores the financing of Ukraine by the Biden administration. Democratic senators warn that the text will not be approved in the House, and President Biden has said he will veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
The vote marked a first test of new House Speaker Mike Johnson’s ability to hold his caucus together and attract some support from House Democrats. Twelve Democrats voted in favor of the measure, while two republicans they aligned themselves with the party and opposed the text.
Republicans had hoped the bill would increase pressure on the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is working to pass a much larger emergency spending bill — $106 billion, including the $14.3 billion for Israel —, which covers funding for Ukraine and Taiwan, as well as American border security and domestic priorities such as disaster relief, child care and broadband services for low-income families.
The impasse could lead to a bigger battle over federal spending, with Congress facing a November 18 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Some lawmakers said the foreign aid package could end up being resolved when Congress also has to approve government funding.