Headline RoundupOctober 20th, 2023

Biden Pledges More Aid for Ukraine, Middle East in Prime-Time Speech

Summary from the AllSides News Team

In a speech from the Oval Office Thursday night, President Joe Biden said he's issuing an emergency funding request for more aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Gaza, which reports say amounts to over $100 billion in new assistance.

Key Quotes: "To support our critical partners, including Israel and Ukraine, is a smart investment that’s going to pay dividends to American security for generations, help us keep American troops out of harm’s way, help us build a world that is safer, more peaceful, more prosperous for our children and grandchildren," Biden said. Watch the speech here.

The Details: The request reportedly seeks roughly $61 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $14 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border, $9 billion for humanitarian causes in Gaza and other countries, and $2 billion for the Indo-Pacific region. It's the second time Biden has delivered a prime-time speech from the Oval Office.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the spectrum noted the rarity of Biden delivering live remarks in prime time. HuffPost (Left bias) cast doubt on the aid request's chances of passing through the House of Representatives, where it suggested "followers of coup-attempting former President Donald Trump" may oppose it. National Review's news section (Lean Right) highlighted Republicans who "have been skeptical of Biden’s proposed package, pushing back against the idea of tying Israel’s aid to assistance for Ukraine."

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