(USNewsMag.com) – Republican Senators JD Vance, Ted Cruz, and Roger Marshall are cosponsoring a bill to fund aid for Israel in its war against Hamas, which is unattached to more funding for the Ukrainian war effort against Russia. They introduced the Israel Supplemental Appropriations Act on Thursday, October 26th, as an alternative to the $106 billion request from the Biden administration, which coupled Ukrainian war spending with Israeli support and funding for security on the southern border.
The stand-alone bill would direct $14.3 billion to Israel directly from the taxpayers’ pockets and/or the printing press at the Federal Reserve. It would prioritize funding for Israel to enhance its ability to respond to emerging threats and rocket attacks. The bill would also make several weapons already being stockpiled available for Israel, and it would set aside additional funding for extra security at U.S. embassies and other outposts in Israel. This includes helping Americans get out of the Middle East should they be stranded in a conflict zone.
It’s worth noting that the bill would immediately end all aid to Gaza to avoid potentially helping Hamas, the governing organization that recently attacked Israeli settlements on October 7th, triggering a war between itself and Israel.
Marshall explained that he didn’t want aid to Israel to be held up by a debate in Congress that would naturally occur should the funding be tied to additional funding projects like the Ukrainian conflict.
Cruz explained he wanted to get aid to Israel as fast as possible so they could “utterly eradicate Hamas.” He further explained that Congress can vote on each spending measure separately.
Vance has been a vocal critic of Ukrainian war spending and said each situation is unique and distinct.
Joe Biden’s administration sent a $106 omnibus-style spending request to Congress seeking $61.4 billion for Ukraine, $14.3 billion for Israel, $13.6 billion for the southern border crisis, and another $16.4 billion for security in the Indo-Pacific region and humanitarian aid to conflict zones.
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