Biden threatens to veto Republican-backed bill to provide emergency aid to Israel

President Biden vows to kill Republican-backed House bill to provide aid to Israel separately from spending bill for Ukraine.

By World Israel News Staff

President Joe Biden vowed Monday to veto a Republican-sponsored bill in the House of Representatives which would decouple aid to Israel from spending on the Ukraine war.

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget released a statement Monday condemning the House bill, and calling on the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a joint spending bill funding aid to both Israel and Ukraine.

“The Administration strongly encourages both chambers of the Congress to reject this political ploy and instead quickly send the bipartisan Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act to the President’s desk.”

The Biden administration has worked with congressional Democrats to pass a bill securing $118 billion in spending for border security as well emergency aid for Ukraine, Israel, the Gaza Strip, and humanitarian aid for multiple other countries around the world.

In its statement Monday, the White House called the Republican-backed standalone bill as a political “ploy.”

“The Administration strongly opposes this ploy which does nothing to secure the border, does nothing to help the people of Ukraine defend themselves against Putin’s aggression, fails to support the security of American synagogues, mosques, and vulnerable places of worship, and denies humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians, the majority of whom are women and children.”

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House Speaker Mike Johnson on Saturday rejected the Biden-backed Senate bill, vowing instead to move forward with a standalone bill for aid to Israel.

On Monday, he called Biden’s veto threat an “act of betrayal.”

“The president’s veto threat is an act of betrayal.”

“In threatening to veto aid to Israel and to our military forces, President Biden is abandoning our ally in its time of greatest need.”