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Israel Aid Bill House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-LA, is gearing up to introduce a standalone Israel aid bill for a House vote on Tuesday, as indicated by three sources to Fox News Digital. However, early opposition from the right-wing faction could potentially force Republican leadership to demand concessions. Democrats may need to lend assistance to get it passed.
Johnson announced over the weekend that he intends to pass legislation sending .6 billion to Israel because of its ongoing conflict against Hamas. Yet, staunch opposition from GOP hardliners has surfaced, who could stall the bill by demanding adherence to rules, which might compel House leaders to push the bill forward swiftly through rule votes rather than relying on a simple majority in the House, thus bypassing the traditional two-thirds threshold for passage in the Senate, effectively removing procedural hurdles.
United Nations Undertakes Independent Review Amid Allegations on Israel Aid Bill
Amid accusations from Hamas of aiding in atrocities, the United Nations has appointed a controversial UNRWA review. Workers at House Freedom Caucus on Sunday stated, “Congress could pay for Israel aid by cutting funding to the United Nations, canceling IRS expansions, canceling the ‘slash fund’ at the Commerce Department, or terminating credits for leftist climate change.”
“In between allegations, the United Nations has placed the controversial Israel aid bill under suspension, a move that, according to two GOP aides speaking to Fox News Digital, could make Democratic support crucial for its passage.”
Political Divide and Controversies
Votes under the rule would fall across party lines traditionally; so much so that even lawmakers who oppose the legislation might cast their votes with their leadership to pass the bill. However, during the 118th Congress, such situations have often been weaponized by GOP factions, sinking bills deliberately in opposition to Republican leaders’ handling of issues, even those unrelated to the legislation they’re voting on.
The Biden administration faces controversy between allegations of aiding Hamas in its genocide as it suspends controversial United Nations agency funding, a move that, according to two GOP aides speaking to Fox News Digital, could make Democratic support crucial for its passage.
Opposition and Support
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, criticized Johnson’s bill and accused him of attempting to kneel before a Senate deal from former President Trump, who ordered no border security laws or aid for Ukraine to be passed. However, at least two Democrats – Representatives Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, and Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, both of whom are Jewish – have said they will vote ideologically for the Israel aid bill but have criticized Johnson for separating it from a broader funding package and not including humanitarian aid for Gaza.
The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC also came out in support of the bill on Monday, writing, “We urge Congress to pass this lifesaving aid package through the House to ensure that Israel can win the fight against Hamas and protect its families.”
Major American Jewish organization heads announced Monday night they are backing Johnson’s Israel aid bill and the Senate deal, which includes nearly $14 billion.