Republican Senators Put Forward Bill to Separate Israel Aid from Ukraine Funding
Several Republican senators recently introduced a stand-alone bill that would dole out billions of US taxpayer dollars to Israel but not Ukraine. This move serves as an alternative to the gargantuan $106 billion Biden regime proposed, which includes increased funding for Ukraine.
This cohort of GOP senators contends that separating the Israel aid would prevent the aid from being hamstrung in the House, where the number of Republicans against sending military aid to Ukraine is growing, which puts the passage of this aid bill in jeopardy.
“My colleagues and I firmly believe that any aid to Israel should not be used as leverage to send tens of billions of dollars to Ukraine,” declared Kansas Senator Roger Marshall who is sponsoring the measure alongside Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, Utah Senator Mike, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
The Biden regime has proposed an emergency military aid package that connects funding for Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan and US border security. The Biden faction views this as a chance to win over skeptical Republicans in supporting military aid to Ukraine. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans supporting Ukraine have indicated they generally support the Biden regime’s approach, but they are calling for significant l changes, stressing a need to bolster border security .
Marshall, Vance, and Lee have stood against sending aid to Ukraine in the past, while Cruz has stood in support of such moves.
“Russia still needs to be defeated. Taiwan still needs to be defended,” Cruz declared. “This bill is about one thing and one thing only: getting our Israeli allies the aid they need, as fast as possible.”
The standalone bill will likely die in the Senate due to Democrat control. Such squabbling over which aid bill to pass will likely be used by the Biden regime to pressure Republicans to get behind the comprehensive military aid package.
The GOP senators’ Israel legislation, better known as the Israel Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2023, would supply $14.3 billion in aid to the Jewish state. This includes $10.6 billion in military aid to Israel through the Defense Department, which includes Iron Dome and Iron Beam systems, and funds to replenish US weapons sent to Israel, $3.5 billion in grants for foreign military sales, and $200 million to help bolster security for US embassies and staff in Israel and evacuate US citizens in the region.
In the case of the Biden regime’s military aid package, $61 billion was allocated towards Ukraine, $9 billion was allocated for both Ukraine and Israel, roughly $2 billion was allocated for security measures in the Asia-Pacific region, and $14 billion was allocated for the border. According to the Wall Street Journal, the latter funds would be used to pay for “more-efficient processing of migrants seeking asylum, more border-patrol agents and asylum officers, and reimbursements to cities and private organizations that have set up shelters.”
At best, such border security measures are half-measures that don’t genuinely address the US’s existential border security problems. Instead, its political class is more fixated with sending hundreds of billions of dollars of aid to foreign countries such as Ukraine, which has already received over $100 billion in aid since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. Now foreign welfare could be extended to Israel.
For once, could the US’s political class actually focus on putting America First as opposed to the interests of foreign nations? That may be too much to ask from the America Last parasites that lord over us in DC.