Senate Democrats Block Bipartisan Israeli Aid Package

( – The majority of Congress agrees the US should send more aid to Israel in the wake of the terrorist attack that killed roughly 1,400 people on October 7 and began a war. House Republicans recently introduced a bill to do just that, and it passed with bipartisan support. Democrats, however, have now killed the legislation in the Senate.

On November 14, the Senate debated on an Israeli aid package that passed the House on November 2. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) sought unanimous consent for the lower chamber’s version, which reallocates $14.3 billion earmarked for IRS funding in President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), JD Vance (R-OH), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marshall introduced the Senate version.

Democrats voted down the measure. Although they support sending money to Israel, they also want aid for Ukraine and other priorities. Marshall slammed his colleagues, saying he heard them talking about the Ukrainian war all the time but “They seem to be allergic to the word Israel.”

President Joe Biden is pushing an aid package that combines border security and aid for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has signaled his support for the combined package. Marshall, however, thinks they should all be standalone issues. He wants to break up the package and vote on each issue individually. During the floor debate, the Kansas senator called Ukraine “a separate, unrelated conflict with no end in sight.” Republicans are currently split on the issue of whether to give the Ukrainian government more money.

Democrats are accusing House Republicans of using Israeli aid to play politics. They say they are delaying aid for the Israelis in order to cut funding for the IRS instead of bringing it to the floor in a bipartisan fashion. The Left called the IRS cuts a “poison pill,” saying it would increase the budget deficit by making it harder for the agency to collect taxes.

President Joe Biden will reportedly veto any bill that includes Israeli aid but nothing else.

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