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US to Vote on Providing Military Aid to Israel worth $17.6 Billion

Sun 04 Feb 2024 | 07:03 AM
Taarek Refaat

A US House committee recommended providing military aid to Israel worth $17.6 billion.

According to Reuters, legislation was unveiled in the House to provide new military aid to Israel worth $17.6 billion as part of its war on Hamas.

House Speaker Mike Johnson said in a letter to members that the full House may vote this week on the funding bill put forward by the House Appropriations Committee.

The Republican-controlled chamber had previously approved $14.3 billion in new military aid to Israel, but on the condition that it be paid by deducting a significant portion of funds that were already allocated to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected this condition, and is expected to unveil a legislative package that would help Israel, in addition to providing more military aid to Ukraine in its war against Russia.

The package is also expected to include proposals to enhance security on the southern US border with Mexico.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is taking steps to begin discussion of the multifaceted bill this week, with the first procedural vote no later than Wednesday.