The US House of Representatives has approved advancing $14.5 billion in military assistance to Israel.
However, the project faces an uncertain future, as both the Democratic Senate majority leader and the White House have signaled their refusal to sign a law that does not include support for Israel and Ukraine simultaneously.
The bill, pushed by House Speaker Mike Johnson, proposes that aid be funded through cuts to the Internal Revenue Service and excludes humanitarian assistance for Gaza.
The proposal received 226 votes in favor and 196 against, including the support of 12 Democrats aligned with the pro-Israel position.
President Joe Biden has expressed his intention to veto the measure, criticized for delaying support for Israel. Senator Chuck Schumer has described the bill as “astonishingly unserious” and with no hope of advancing in the Senate.
The focus of the project is on the defense of Israel, the release of Hamas hostages and the eradication of this group, declared a terrorist group. Johnson has stressed that these actions will be carried out while committing to responsible spending and reducing the federal government.
This is the first significant legislative effort to support Israel and contrasts Biden’s request for nearly $106 billion to assist Ukraine, counter China and strengthen border security.
Johnson faces his first major challenge in office. He has announced that he will treat aid to Ukraine and US border security separately in the face of growing opposition from Republicans to supporting Kyiv.