House Speaker Johnson announces 'standalone' Israel funding package

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) holds a news conference following a caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on January 30, 2024 in Washington, DC. 

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House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., on Saturday announced an Israel-only funding package to be voted on next week, a huge step in the deadlocked negotiations over emergency aid that President Joe Biden initially proposed in October.

“Next week, we will take up and pass a clean, standalone Israel supplemental package,” the speaker wrote in a “Dear Friends” letter.

The bill includes $17.6 billion for Israel’s military and U.S. military forces in the region as the war with Hamas in Gaza continues. If approved, this funding would add to the $14.3 billion that the House passed for Israel in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack.

This bill separates aid to Israel from Ukraine, Taiwan and the U.S. southern border, all of which were linked in Biden’s original $105 billion aid proposal. But disagreements over how to address the U.S. border and whether to fund Ukraine’s defense against Russia stalled the passage of Biden’s October aid package.

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