Biden to veto GOP-supported standalone Israel aid bill. The White House announced on Monday that President Joe Biden would veto a proposed standalone aid package for Israel. This decision comes as House Republicans aim to derail a bipartisan Senate border deal that includes aid to U.S. allies.
The Administration spent months working with a bipartisan group of Senators to reach a national security agreement that secures the border and provides support for the people of Ukraine and Israel, while also providing much-needed humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by conflicts around the world. Instead of working in good faith to address the most pressing national security challenges, this bill is another cynical political maneuver. The security of Israel should be sacred, not a political game.- The White House's statement
Last week, House Speaker Mike Johnson proposed a bill amidst mounting GOP opposition to the Senate's $118.2 billion legislative package. This Senate bill grants the president powers to significantly restrict illegal migrant crossings at the southern border and allocates billions of dollars to Israel and Ukraine. The House Republicans, along with former President Donald Trump, are pushing back against this Senate proposal.
Johnson's $17.6 billion Israel bill, intended to be moved without offsets, aimed to pressure Democrats to support it. However, it has encountered resistance from both the right and the left.
In an interview with Manu Raju on Monday, Johnson criticized Biden's veto threat as a betrayal of Israel, calling it " betrayal of our great ally and friend Israel in their time of desperate need."
He added, "I mean, Israel is at war; they’re fighting for their very existence. And the idea that Joe Biden would suggest that he would not send a clean funding measure to assist them is just outrageous. And I think he’s going to hear quite a bit about that being said, that veto threat."
The Speaker has cautioned that the Senate border package, which includes $14.1 billion in security assistance for Israel, would face strong opposition in the House and has incurred public criticism from Trump. This raises doubts about the bill's chances of becoming law, especially considering its uncertain prospects in the Senate as of Monday night. Last week, Johnson urged the Senate to promptly address the Israel bill, increasing pressure on senators to discontinue efforts to tie Israel's aid to other issues.
On Monday, the White House urged Congress to pass the broader national security package. They labeled the standalone Israel aid bill as a "ploy" that fails to address border security, support Ukraine against Russian aggression, protect American synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship, and provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians, particularly women, and children.