Headline RoundupApril 16th, 2024

House to Separate Israel Aid From Ukraine Funds

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Monday evening, House Speaker Mike Johnson announced that the House plans to separate a vote on aid to Israel from additional funds to Ukraine.

Key Details: The plan would combine all four spending bills (on Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan and other defense measures) into a single rules package that would then bring the bills to the floor of the House this week for separate votes. Each vote would go through an open amendment process before the final bills could pass the House and then be transferred to the Senate.

Key Quote: On Twitter, Speaker Johnson wrote, "I have just spoken with the @HouseGOP conference on my plan to address national security supplemental legislation on the growing security crises.  This week, we will consider separate bills with a structured and germane amendment process to fund our ally Israel, support Ukraine in its war against Russian aggression, strengthen our allies in the Indo-Pacific, and pass additional measures to counter our adversaries and strengthen our national security."

For Context: The four separate funding bills have been deliberated for months among lawmakers, and the issue of Ukraine aid has recently divided House Republicans. The issue of aid to Israel has advanced to the forefront after the nation came under attack from a barrage of Iranian drones and missiles on Sunday.

How the Media Covered it: Both the Washington Post (Lean left bias) and the Washington Examiner (Lean right bias) noted the opposition of Representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) to separating the foreign aid bills.

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