Next week, the House is set to vote on an independent bill concerning aid to Israel, according to Johnson.

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Washington — The House of Representatives is set to vote next week on a standalone bill providing aid to Israel, according to a letter from Speaker Mike Johnson to his colleagues on Saturday. This marks a shift in strategy for House Republicans, who previously approved a plan that included funding for Israel but also cut money for the IRS. The earlier plan, passed in November, faced opposition from Democrats who argued that it broke with bipartisan precedent by including spending cuts in an emergency aid package. Senate Democrats also refused to support the bill, prompting Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to announce plans for a separate bipartisan aid bill. In his letter, Johnson blames Democrats and the Senate for forcing the House GOP to change course. He criticizes Senate leaders for not including House leaders in negotiations on the emergency plan, which includes aid for Ukraine and Israel. The White House has been working with a bipartisan group of senators on a national security agreement that includes support for Ukraine and Israel, and has condemned the House Republicans’ move as a political ploy. Johnson insists that the new aid package will not include cuts to other programs and urges the House to pass a clean, standalone bill for Israel. “The security of Israel should be sacred, not a political game,” the statement from the White House reads. “We strongly oppose this ploy and urge House Republicans to work in a bipartisan way.” Johnson concludes his letter by stating that the House will “take up and pass a clean, standalone Israel supplemental package” in a timely manner.  

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