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Republicans in House announce $14.3B aid for Israel, sparking controversy

Washington, United States: The House of Republicans, under the leadership of newly elected speaker – Mike Johnson, announced aid worth US$14.3 billion for war-hit Israel on Monday.

It is to be noted that the aid will be provided to the nation after cutting down the funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This decision has sparked a clash between Republicans and Democrats, who control the Senate.

This proposal is the first-ever major policy move by Mike Johnson, who was elected last week as the speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Johnson’s appeal for different aid for Israel and Ukraine

Mike Johnson, before taking the job role of the US House of Representatives, opposed the aid for Ukraine. He further expressed that he wanted to address the issues for aid for both the war-torn nations – Ukraine as well as Israel separately. This statement was released by the minister after President Biden requested aid worth US$ 106 billion, including both the nations and their border security.

In this regard, the US House Speaker outlined that he wanted to oversee the money that would be given to Ukraine – a nation dealing with the aggression of Russia.

US House of Representatives | Credits: Google

Ukrainian foreign minister’s remarks

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine – Dmytro Kuleba, on Monday, stated that he was anticipating that the Ukraine military would receive additional support from the US House. Kuleba was quoted saying on Ukrainian national television, “We have every reason to believe that there are votes in the US House of Representatives for the bill providing Ukraine with additional support.”

Furthermore, he outlined that he and the government of Ukraine understand that there was political resistance to the bill and it would be considered as a “sin” for lawmakers of the United States if they don’t follow their interests.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine – Dmytro Kuleba | Credits: Google

Mike Johnson on funding for Ukraine and Israel

Johnson, while having interaction at Fox News last week, outlined that “Israel is a separate matter.” He also explained his intentions to ‘bifurcate’ the funding for Ukraine and Israel.  

Johnson stated that he believed that the most crucial thing for US national security is to support Israel. He expressed that this is especially crucial after the attack by Hamas on October 7, which has taken the lives of over 1,400 people and more than 200 hostages.

However, there has been some disagreement between Democrats and Republicans on how to provide this support. Democrats said that they are not happy with the Republicans for introducing a bill that they see as a partisan move.

Additionally, the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, criticized the Republicans for turning national security into a political issue and called their bill impractical.

Via a statement, the top Democratic representative on the House Appropriations Committee – Rosa DeLauro, said, “House Republicans are setting a dangerous precedent by suggesting that protecting national security or responding to natural disasters is contingent upon cuts to other programs.”

When House Rules Committee will review the bill?

According to the reports, the House Rules Committee will be reviewing the Republican-sponsored Israel bill on Wednesday, November 1.

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