The House of Representatives of the US Congress on Thursday adopted the plan of the Republicans to provide istance to Israel in the amount of 14.3 billion dollars in the fight against Hamas. This happened despite the insistence of the Democrats in the Senate that this bill has no future, and despite the White House’s promise to veto it, Voice of America reports.
The document was adopted by 226 votes to 196, mostly along party lines. Most Republicans supported the bill, while most Democrats opposed it.
The introduction of the bill became the first major legislative initiative under the new Republican Speaker, Mike Johnson. President Joe Biden threatened to veto it, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, said he would not bring the document to a vote.
Earlier, Biden asked Congress to approve a larger package of emergency spending in the amount of 106 billion dollars, which includes financing for Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine, as well as humanitarian aid. Schumer said that the Senate will consider a bipartisan bill on broader priorities.
Funds in the bill of the House of Representatives include billions of dollars for the Israeli Armed Forces, including $4 billion for the Israeli defense systems “Iron Dome” and “David’s Sling” to counter missile threats. The bill also provides for the transfer of some types of military equipment and equipment from US warehouses.