House Fails to Pass $17.6 Billion Israel Military Aid Bill

The bill needed a two-thirds majority and failed in a vote of 250-180

The House on Tuesday sank an effort by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) to pass a $17.6 billion military aid bill for Israel to support the slaughter in Gaza.

The bill was fast-tracked under the suspension of House rules, requiring it to have a two-thirds majority to be advanced to the Senate. But the bill failed in a vote of 250-180, with 166 Democrats and 14 Republicans voting against it.

The bill was under threat of a veto from the White House since President Biden wants Congress to pass a $118 billion foreign military aid and border bill that includes about $14 billion for Israel and $60 billion for Ukraine. Most Democrats opposed the $17.6 billion bill for Israel due to the White House’s opposition, although some came out against unlimited support for Israel.

The House previously passed a $14.3 billion bill for Israel that paid for the aid by cutting funding from the Internal Revenue Service, but it was opposed by Democrats and never taken up in the Senate. Some members of the House Freedom Caucus voted against the $17.6 billion bill for fiscal reasons and because they want to prioritize action on the border.

“Well, it’s unpaid for and our borders are wide open. I’m not gonna, can’t go to my constituents say here’s $17 billion, even for someone who I love like Israel, and a good friend, somebody I fully support, I can’t do that,” said Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said before the vote that he would oppose the bill because the US couldn’t afford it and because of where the money will actually go. “Most of this money will go directly to the US Military Industrial Complex (MIC), which, if you’re keeping up, prefers to be referred to as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) now. Watch for those stocks to go up Monday,” he said.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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