The administration has stated that Biden would reject a bill that provides aid to Israel if it were presented as an isolated piece of legislation.

On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget announced that President Biden would veto a standalone House bill providing $17.6 billion in aid to Israel if it reaches his desk. This veto threat comes after months of work on a larger national security supplemental funding bill that would also provide aid to Ukraine and make changes to border security. Despite this, House Republicans plan to move forward with a vote on the standalone Israel aid bill this week, despite the Senate’s work on the larger agreement.

The administration has strongly condemned this move, calling it a “cynical political maneuver” and urging both chambers of Congress to reject it in favor of passing the bipartisan Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act. This bill has been in the works for months and has received support from both sides of the aisle.

House Speaker Mike Johnson has stated his intention to pass a clean, standalone Israel aid package, but this approach is not likely to be well-received in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has already taken steps to move forward with the emergency national security supplemental package, calling it a long and tireless effort that has involved countless negotiations and discussions.

Overall, the politics surrounding this issue are complex and contentious, but it is important for all parties to work together in good faith to address the most pressing national security challenges and ensure the security of Israel.  

Share This Article
Leave a comment