During an address from the Oval Office on Thursday night, President Joe Biden said that he will send the nation’s legislature a request to provide support to Ukraine and Israel.
The announcement comes as Ukraine battles against a Russian invasion and Israel wages war in response to heinous Hamas terror attacks. The president suggested that ensuring Israel and Ukraine’s success “is vital for America’s national security.”
Reports indicate that the package will include billions in aid related to Ukraine and Israel, as well as billions in funding related to the U.S. border, humanitarian issues, and the Indo-Pacific region, including Taiwan.
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Biden’s push to assist the two war-torn countries comes as the U.S. national debt continues climbing exponentially and inflation persistently erodes the purchasing power of Americans’ paychecks.
Many lawmakers are opposed to tying aid for Ukraine and Israel together in a single package.
“These are two separate conflicts and it would be wrong to leverage support of aid to Israel in attempt to get additional aid for Ukraine across the finish line,” a group of Republican senators wrote in an October 19 letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio was one of the lawmakers who signed onto the letter. “What Biden is doing is disgusting. He’s using dead children in Israel to sell his disastrous Ukraine policy to skeptical Americans. They are not the same countries, they are not the same problems, and this effort to use Israel for political cover is offensive. Hell no,” Vance declared in a post on X.
The House of Representatives is currently paralyzed without a speaker, so the chamber will not be able to consider Biden’s proposal until the speaker situation is resolved.
A group of GOP lawmakers is pushing a proposal to shift any funding available for assistance to Gaza to instead be used to support Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
Correction: The original version of this story mistakenly said the House “will be able to consider Biden’s proposal until the speaker situation is resolved,” but it should have stated that the House will not be able to consider the proposal until the speaker situation is resolved. The word “not” has been added to fix the error.
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