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White House: Biden вetoed the bill on the aid package to Israel without Ukraine

01 Nov, 2023
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White House: Biden вetoed the bill on the aid package to Israel without Ukraine

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U.S. President Joe Biden will veto the proposed bill by House Republicans for an aid package to Israel without funding for Ukraine. The Hill reports this.

The White House has announced that the President will not support such an initiative by Republican representatives that would provide aid to Tel Aviv while simultaneously reducing funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and excluding the allocation of funds for other national security priorities.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed the proposal by House Republicans and concluded that it "injects partisanship into support for Israel" and does not meet the demands of the time, ignoring humanitarian assistance to residents of the Gaza Strip, aid to Ukraine, and support for allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

"This bill is detrimental to Israel, the Middle East region, and our own national security," emphasized the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Previously, the White House had stated that the proposal by the Republican Party represented a "departure from the bipartisan precedent," requiring cuts to funding under the supplemental package for U.S. national security.

"Congress has consistently and on a bipartisan basis worked on providing security assistance to Israel, and this bill threatens to unnecessarily disrupt this long-standing approach. Separating security assistance to Israel from other national security priorities in an additional document will have far-reaching consequences," OMB stated.

The statement from the Office also mentioned that the administration would continue to work with lawmakers in Congress to reach an agreement on the White House's earlier supplemental request.

On October 30th, the new spokesperson for the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, proposed his version of a $14.3 billion aid package for Israel without including assistance for Ukraine.

This initiative competes with President Joe Biden's request to Congress for $106 billion, which includes military aid for both Ukraine and Israel.

The following day, John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House National Security Council, stated that President Biden might veto the bill for aid to Israel separately from Ukraine if it is passed by Congress.

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