The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide $14.3bn in aid to Israel as it wages war against Hamas, a move that sets up a clash with the Democratic-led Senate in a first leadership test for Speaker Mike Johnson.
About this writes CNN.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the House GOP bill a «deeply flawed suggestion» that the Senate would not consider it. Democrats object to the fact that the bill does not provide aid to Ukraine and cuts funding for the Internal Revenue Service. The House of Representatives voted 226 to 196 in favour. Two Republicans opposed the bill, while 12 Democrats supported it.
Democrats called for aid to Israel to be combined with additional security assistance to Ukraine in its war against Russia.
In the Senate, there is bipartisan support for aid to Israel and continued assistance to Ukraine. But in the House of Representatives, many Republicans oppose sending additional aid to Ukraine, which is creating divisions between the two chambers.