Speaker Johnson: House Voting on $17.6B Israel Aid Next Week

Speaker Johnson: House Voting on $17.6B Israel Aid Next Week

The House will vote next week on a stand-alone bill providing aid to Israel that will not require any spending cuts to offset it, Speaker Mike Johnson told chamber Republicans in a letter Saturday. 

Johnson, R-La., also criticized the delay in the Senate reaching an agreement on a compromise bill that would combine aid for Israel and Ukraine with a package of border and asylum laws, reports NBC News.

“Next week, we will take up and pass a clean, stand-alone Israel supplemental package,” he wrote. “During debate in the House and in numerous subsequent statements, Democrats made clear that their primary objection to the original House bill was with its offsets. The Senate will no longer have excuses, however misguided, against the swift passage of this critical support for our ally.”

The proposed House bill is to include $17.6 billion in military aid to Israel and “important funding” for U.S. forces in the Middle East, Johnson’s office reported.

Early in Johnson’s tenure, House Republicans attempted to pass a bill to provide $14.3 billion for Israel, but Democrats opposed IRS cuts that were included. 

He also slammed the Senate in the letter for not moving its legislation in a “timely fashion,” forcing the House to act to help Israel.

“While the Senate appears poised to finally release the text of their supplemental package after months of behind-closed-doors negotiations, their leadership is aware that by failing to include the House in their negotiations, they have eliminated the ability for swift consideration of any legislation,” he said. “[The House] will have to work its will on these issues and our priorities will need to be addressed.”

Sandy Fitzgerald ✉

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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Originally Posted on: https://www.newsmax.com/politics/mike-johnson-israel-aid/2024/02/03/id/1152169

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