The House of Representatives was unable to approve a separate bill for aid to Israel while the corresponding legislation in the Senate faced delays.

The House of Representatives voted against a standalone bill that would have provided $17.6 billion in aid to Israel, with both Democrats and Republicans opposing the measure. House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed disappointment in the vote’s failure, stating that it was a “rebuke” to Israel during a time of great need. The bill required a two-thirds majority to pass, but was rejected with 166 Democrats and 14 Republicans voting against it.

The failure of the standalone bill further complicates efforts in the Senate to pass a bipartisan national security package, which includes funding for Ukraine, Taiwan, and humanitarian aid for Gaza. The Senate package was a result of months of negotiations and was meant to address Republican demands for border security funding in exchange for more aid to Ukraine. However, House Republican leaders quickly declared the bill dead on arrival and instead pushed for a standalone bill to provide emergency aid to Israel.

In a letter to colleagues, Johnson criticized the Senate for not including the House in their negotiations and stated that the House will have to address their own priorities. This decision to send a standalone bill for Israel aid comes just one day before the unveiling of the Senate’s broader security package.  

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