Headline RoundupApril 18th, 2024

Johnson Unveils Foreign Aid Package Despite Republican Criticism

Summary from the AllSides News Team

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is pushing forward with a foreign aid package despite criticism from his own party.

Details: The $95 billion foreign aid package is separated into multiple bills, in total allocating $26.4 billion for Israel, $60.8 billion for Ukraine, and $8.1 billion for the Indo-Pacific. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bills on Sunday. President Joe Biden stated he will sign the bills if they reach his desk.

For Context: A handful of House Republicans adamantly oppose the bills, arguing the money should be spent addressing the crisis at the southern border. Johnson’s decision to bring the bills to the floor is sparking speculation that Johnson could face a motion to vacate and potentially be ousted from the speakership. Last month, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) filed such a motion, but she has not yet forced a vote.

Key Quotes: Speaking with reporters about the potential for these bills to cause him to lose the speakership, Johnson said, “My philosophy is you do the right thing and you let the chips fall where they may. If I operated out of fear of a motion to vacate, I would never be able to do my job,” adding, “History judges us for what we do. This is a critical time right now—a critical time on the world stage.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum focused on the political stakes of the bills and the turmoil within the Republican Party.

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