On Thursday, by a vote of 226 to 196, the House of Representatives authorized the allocation of $14.3 billion in federal aid funds to Israel. Twelve Democrats joined the Republican majority in support of this resolution.
The legislation introduced by House Republicans proposes the reallocation of funds originally designated for the IRS in the Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden, as Fox News reported.
The measure received opposition from only two Republicans, namely Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY).
Support from Lawmakers
Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Jared Golden (D-ME), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), and Lois Frankel (D-FL) are among the Democrats who voted in favor of the measure.
The Republican Policy Committee Chairman, Gary Palmer (R-AL) praised the assistance to a significant ally and the defunding of Biden's IRS as the bill was overwhelmingly approved by Republicans.
"Israel has every right defend itself from the brutal attacks we have been witnessing over the past month," Palmer told Fox News Digital.
"With this piece of legislation, we are helping an ally in need while also cutting funding from Joe Biden’s weaponized IRS. These funds are better used supporting Israel than being used by IRS agents to audit middle class Americans," he said.
Since last month, when militants killed more than a thousand Israelis in an unexpected assault on villages in the southern region of the country, Israel and Hamas have been engaged in an open conflict.
Republican Representative Randy Feenstra of Iowa also emphasized that over twenty-one of those who were murdered were citizens of the United States.
"Hamas terrorists senselessly murdered innocent Americans and Israelis with no remorse whatsoever. As our strongest ally in the Middle East, we must do everything in our power to support Israel and help them completely defeat and destroy Hamas," he told Fox News Digital of the bill’s passage.
Military veteran Rep. John James (R-MI) told Fox News Digital, "This assistance is critical to Israel's efforts to restore peace and stand as a haven of democracy for our Jewish brothers and sisters."
However, its future in the Senate is uncertain, as Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) referred to it as a "joke" on Thursday morning.
"It still mystifies me that at a moment when the world is in crisis, at a time when we need to help Israel respond to Hamas, the House GOP thought it was a good idea to tie Israel aid to a hard right proposal that will raise the deficit and is totally, totally partisan," Schumer said.