House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has come after Democratic Senators after the left-wing leaders gave pushback for the House GOP’s aid package for Israel, and Israel alone.
The funding would send more than $14 billion in aid to Israel, which would be pulled from funds originally intended for the IRS out of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.
“If you ask people at the Pentagon, under oath or in a moment of truth, they will tell you the greatest threat to our national security is our own debt,” Johnson stated. (Trending: Judge Declines To Recuse From Trump 2024 Ballot Case)
We cannot allow the brutality and unspeakable evil that is happening against Israel right now to continue. We're going to stand with our friends. pic.twitter.com/LFucFkoDm1
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) October 29, 2023
“It is in our national interest to support our great ally and friend Israel in their time of need. But we also have to keep our focus on our own financial stability. And so those things must happen simultaneously.”
The bill separates Israel aid from Biden’s original request for $106 billion in supplemental aid, which also includes money for Ukraine and the southern border.
The legislation would keep Israel’s aid separate from Biden’s original package of over $100 million, which also set aside money for border-control and the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) said the bill is “woefully inadequate” and criticized its pulling money from the IRS as “poison pills that increase the deficit and help wealthy tax cheats avoid paying their fair share.” (Trending: It’s Time For Donald Trump To Drop Out)
🚨TRUMP: “For four straight years I kept America safe, I kept Israel safe, and I kept the world safe. Today the world is blowing up all around, no matter where you look. If I were President, the attack on Israel would never, ever have happened.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 28, 2023
“I would refer Sen. Schumer and anyone else who’s a critic of this to the Treasury report that came out this week that indicates that we’re going to have to borrow $1.6 trillion for the next six months to get the government in operation,” Johnson criticized.
“To suggest that it is a poison pill to have a pay-for in [$14.3 billion] overseas, is, I’m sorry, I just think that’s something that does not line up with reality. And I think the American people largely agree with us. And so I’m ready to have that debate.”
Johnson met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the matter, to which he noted, “I explained to him the reality of the House Republican majority, that it’s important to our members that these issues be addressed separately.”
“It does not mean that there’s not a resolve here to handle all of our obligations, but we want to do it in a very deliberate manner that is financially responsible,” he went on. “And I don’t think that’s much to ask. And, in fact, I think we owe that as a duty to the people we represent.”