Headline RoundupOctober 30th, 2023

GOP Congressional Leaders Split on Foreign Aid

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Republican congressional leaders in the U.S. House and Senate are split on foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel.

Key Details: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to keep military aid to Israel and Ukraine tied together because he perceives these conflicts as part of a larger global threat. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is not in support of a sweeping national security package and wants to keep aid to Israel separate from Ukraine funding.

Key Quote: “There are lots of things going on around the world that we have to address, and we will,” Johnson said. “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.”

For Context: In an Oval Office speech on Oct. 19, President Joe Biden said he was issuing an emergency fund request for $100 billion in assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Gaza.

How The Media Covered it: Some right-rated sources focused on McConnell's efforts to reassure skeptics that billions are being spent on U.S. manufacturers to build weapons at home. Some left- and center-rated sources highlighted how the clash between McConnell and Johnson may delay the passage of regular appropriations bills.

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