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Dems in Disarray Over Bill to Force Biden to Release Hold on Ammunition for Israel

By Rebecca Downs


Reaction has been swift and severe when it comes to reports that the Biden administration was halting aid to Israel. President Joe Biden himself also just last week confirmed to CNN’s Erin Burnett that he would halt aid if our ally in the Middle East dared move forward with their operation in Rafah. On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee will meet on the Israel Security Assistance Support Act. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) mentioned a vote could come as soon as Wednesday.

On Monday evening, Axios reported on how “Democrats face rupture over vote to force Israel arms shipments,” with a focus on Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY). “I have a general rule of supporting pro-Israel legislation unless it includes a poison pill–like cuts to domestic policy,” he’s quoted as telling the outlet.

Torres also signed onto a letter led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) that was mentioned in the report. In it, the 26 House Democrats expressed they were “deeply concerned about the message the Administration is sending to Hamas and other Iranian-backed terrorist proxies.” The outlet also mentioned that “Several of those Democrats are reviewing the GOP legislation, their spokespeople told Axios.”

The bill in question, sponsored by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), “provides FY2024 supplemental appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State for activities to respond to the attacks in Israel. The bill designates the funding as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits.”

Last month, the president signed a foreign aid package into law–which included support for Israel–with such a package receiving bipartisan opposition and support…



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