Republican-led bill in the US that deals only with Israel fails; Ukraine-Israel border bill fragile | Politics news
The US House of Representatives rejected a Republican-led bill to provide $17.6 billion in aid to Israel, as a broader bipartisan bill that would also help Ukraine and secure more money for border security also appears to be in trouble.
Tuesday’s vote on the Israeli bill, which needed a two-thirds majority to advance, was largely along party lines.
The aid program for Israel – one of the largest recipients of US foreign aid – has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support. However, opponents of the bill said it was a ploy by Republicans to divert attention from their opposition to the bill $118 billion Senate bill Combine comprehensive reform of US immigration policy with new funding for border security – measures that Republicans have demanded – and billions of dollars in emergency aid to Ukraine, Israel and their partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
House Democratic leaders called the Israeli bill a “clear and cynical attempt” to undermine the larger package, which was reached over the weekend after months of negotiations by a bipartisan group of senators.
Support for this bill has waned among Republicans, as former President Donald Trump – who is likely to be the Republican presidential nominee in November – pressures them to avoid giving President Joe Biden, his potential Democratic rival, a legislative victory before the election.
Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson said the Senate bill was “dead on arrival” in the chamber even before it was introduced. Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday they did not believe the measure would get enough votes to pass.
“It seems to me and to most of our members that we have no real opportunity here to pass a law,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.
Biden, who supports the Senate bill, had promised to veto the House bill on Israel only if it passed.
On Tuesday, he urged lawmakers to support the broader bill, saying the clock was “ticking” for Ukraine two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered sanctions against Ukraine. Large-scale invasion From his country’s neighbor.
He called on them to “show some courage” and stand up to Trump.
Due to a lack of funding, the Pentagon has stopped sending further arms shipments to Kiev, even as Ukraine suffers from a shortage of ammunition and personnel, while Russia launches relentless attacks.
Biden said: “Every week, every month that passes without new aid to Ukraine, means fewer artillery shells, fewer air defense systems, and fewer tools for Ukraine to defend itself against this Russian attack.”
“We can’t walk away now. This is what Putin is betting on,” Biden said. “Supporting this bill is tantamount to standing up to Putin. Opposing this bill works in his favor.”
Biden added that the immigration portion of the legislation includes “the toughest set of reforms to secure the border ever.”
Supporters of the Israeli bill insisted it was not a political ploy, saying it was important to act quickly to support the country that launched the campaign The aggression against Gaza After members of the armed Hamas movement launched an unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people and capturing dozens.
At least 27,585 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank Israeli attackwith thousands of others injured.
“This bill simply provides needed resources to our closest allies in the region and our military,” said Republican Ken Calvert, who introduced the measure.
Some Democrats also condemned the House bill for failing to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians.
Members of Congress have been struggling for months to reach an agreement on sending security aid abroad, especially to Ukraine.
Biden has twice sent requests to Congress for emergency spending bills, most recently in October.
The Republican-majority House approved an Israel-only bill in November, but it was never introduced in the Democratic-led Senate. Negotiators worked on Biden’s request for a broader emergency security package and Republican demands to combine any security aid with changes to immigration policy and security on the border with Mexico.
The failed vote in the Israeli House of Representatives was the second in quick succession for Johnson’s Republican majority on Tuesday.
This came right after the House voted against the removal of the Biden administration’s top border official, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
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