Republicans Split on Johnson’s $14.3B Israel Aid Bill; Biden Threatens Veto Over Missing Ukraine Support


Secretary of State Antony Blinken pauses as his testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee to aid to Israel and Ukraine is overwhelmed by shouts from protesters in the audience, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Today on Capitol Hill, a historic clash unfolds as Republicans turn on House Speaker Mike Johnson over a game-changing Israel aid package. Johnson aims to provide a staggering $14.3 billion in aid to Israel, seeking to decouple it from Ukraine’s military assistance amid the ongoing battles with Hamas and Russia respectively.

President Biden initially proposed a $10 billion package, including aid for both Israel and Ukraine, as well as border security. Johnson, who previously voted against the aid for Ukraine, now wants to handle Israel and Ukraine aid separately, emphasizing greater accountability for funds sent there.

The bill requires bipartisan support to become law, necessitating approval in the House and also Senate with at least 60 votes. But the Senate is divided, with some Republicans openly opposing the plan, while others stress the importance of addressing the two conflicts together.

President Biden threatened to veto the bill, asserting that it lacks aid for Ukraine, which he deems an urgent necessity.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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