Thursday, May 30, 2024

House GOP Seeks to Cut IRS Budget for $14.3 Billion Israeli Bill

'What’s happening in Israel takes the immediate attention...'

(Luis CornelioHeadline USA) House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., pushed a $14.3 billion aid package for Israel, prioritizing the nation’s defense against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. 

The 13-page bill, spearheaded by the newly-elected speaker, marks a significant move in the Republican-led House.

Notably, the proposed aid excluded funding for Ukraine, a decision likely to spark a confrontation with Senate Democrats and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who are pushing for Ukrainian aid despite the recent corruption scandal. 

“We’re going to move a stand-alone Israel funding bill this week in the House — I know our colleagues, our Republican colleagues in the Senate, have a similar measure,” stated Johnson in an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

“There are lots of things going on around the world that we have to address, and we will,” Johnson added. “But right now, what’s happening in Israel takes the immediate attention, and I think we’ve got to separate that and get it through.”

However, the funding’s source has sparked controversy, as House Republicans plan to withdraw funds from the IRS, which has been under scrutiny in recent months due to allegations of politicization.

In response to the bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., expressed strong reservations, calling it dead on arrival. The Senate Democrat also criticized that the bill diverts funds from the contentious Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. 

“We believe, our Democratic Caucus, we should be doing all of it together: Israel, Ukraine, South Pacific, etc. And obviously a pay-for like that makes it much harder to pass,” Schumer said, according to Politico. 

Echoing the sentiment, McConnell called for a more comprehensive aid package that includes support for Ukraine. McConnell announced his intent to address the legislation during a press conference on Tuesday.

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