$17.6 Billion in Emergency Aid to Israel Fails in Republican-Controlled House

$17.6 Billion in Emergency Aid to Israel Fails in Republican-Controlled House


 By George C. Upper III  February 10, 2024 at 9:01am

The U.S. House this week rejected a stand-alone bill that would have provided $17.6 billion in assistance to Israel but didn’t include any provision to pay it.

The Tuesday vote required a two-thirds majority to pass because it had been put under “suspension” but Republican House leaders, which allows for a quicker vote — suspending some House procedural rules — but required a higher vote threshold to pass.

The bill received only 250 of the 288 votes it needed to pass.

Johnson’s Israel bill FAILS

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According to the House clerk, the vote failed in a bipartisan fashion, with 204 Republican votes in favor and 14 opposed, and 46 Democrats in favor and 166 opposed.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana did not vote.

Representatives on the left were unlikely to support Israel to begin with, according to USA Today, and voted against the bill out of concern for Israel’s alleged human rights violations in Gaza.

Other Democrats were unwilling to vote in favor of this bill while the possibility of a larger spending package that would include aid for Ukraine as well.

Some Democratic leaders in the House had said in a letter to legislators that the proposal “undermine the possibility of a comprehensive bipartisan funding package that addresses America’s national security challenges in the Middle East, Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific region and throughout the world.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson has previously said that the “comprehensive bipartisan funding package” in question was dead on arrival at the House. He wants to see more spending to protect the U.S. southern border.

More conservative members of the House rejected it on the basis of fiscal responsibility, since the bill included no provision to pay for the foreign aid through spending cuts elsewhere.

Predictably, the White House called the bill a “ploy” by Republican lawmakers.

“For months the administration has been working with a bipartisan group of Senators on a national security agreement that secures our border and provides support for the people of Ukraine and Israel,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a Feb. 3 statement, three days before the vote. “Just as legislative text is imminent, the House Republicans come up with their latest cynical political maneuver.

“The security of Israel should be sacred, not a political game. We strongly oppose this ploy which does nothing to secure the border, does nothing to help the people of Ukraine defend themselves against Putin’s aggression, and denies humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians, the majority of them women and children, which the Israelis supported by opening the access route.

“House Republicans should instead work in a bipartisan way, like the administration and Senate are doing, on these pressing national security issues,” she said.

Johnson had predicted that the standalone bill would pass the House by a “wide margin,” Axios reported Sunday.

“We cannot wait any longer. The House is willing to lead, and the reason we have to take care of this Israel situation right now is because the situation has escalated,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of “WJ Live,” powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.

George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English as well as a Master’s in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.


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