Biden Threatens Veto on GOP’s Israel Funding Bill, Citing It Ignores Ukraine and Taiwan
By The Media Line Staff
The White House stated on Monday that President Joe Biden would veto standalone legislation from the Republican-led House that seeks to provide emergency security funding to Israel if the proposal reaches his desk.
In a statement released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Biden administration referred to the Republican bill as a “political ploy.” They noted ongoing efforts with Senate Democrats and Republicans to develop bipartisan legislation for emergency aid to US allies and bolster border security.
Dubbed the “Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act,” the proposed bill aims to allocate emergency funding to Israel, Ukraine, and Indo-Pacific allies such as Taiwan. It also includes provisions for increased funding for US Border Patrol, reforms to the US immigration system, and $118 billion in humanitarian aid for populations affected by global conflict.
“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,” the OMB statement said.
Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson (LA-4) announced over the weekend that his caucus would bypass the bipartisan Senate bill and focus solely on funding for Israel.
Following the publication of the OMB statement on Monday, Johnson condemned the threat of a veto as a “betrayal,” alleging that President Biden was abandoning a crucial ally in its time of need.
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