House Approves Military Aid Bill for Israel, Funded by IRS Budget Cuts
On Thursday, the House passed a stand-alone bill that would provide military aid to Israel amidst its conflict with Hamas terrorists. The funding for this aid would come from cuts to the Internal Revenue Service's budget. The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2024 aims to provide funds to the Defense Department to replace equipment given to Israel as military aid, finance research for new air defense systems developed by Israel, and fund the State Department’s programs to evacuate U.S. citizens from the region and protect U.S. diplomatic missions under new threats due to the conflict.
House Vote and Opposition
The House passed the bill with a 226-196 vote, with most Democrats opposing it. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., expressed his support for the bill, stating that Israel has every right to defend itself against such heinous actions. The bill was introduced by Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, along with 100 other Republican co-sponsors. However, it has faced strong opposition from Senate Democrats and President Joe Biden, who has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
President Biden's Proposal
President Biden had previously proposed a supplemental appropriations bill totaling $106 billion to fund aid not only to Israel but also to Ukraine during its war with Russia, as well as provide funds for border security and immigration processing at the U.S. border with Mexico. This proposal was widely criticized by House Republicans, who indicated that the proposal would not receive support in their chamber, where they hold a narrow majority.
Financial Implications and Criticisms
A nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office review of the bill’s budgetary effects estimated that it would increase the deficit by nearly $12.5 billion over 10 years, until 2033. The CBO noted to Congress that funds cut from the IRS are intended to support enforcement actions against delinquent taxpayers, which would result in fewer enforcement actions over the next decade and a reduction in revenue collections. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Republicans for their proposal, calling it a joke.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Will Reinart criticized Democrats for opposing the bill amidst ongoing terrorist attacks. Several House Republicans indicated that they wouldn’t have voted for a bill providing military aid unless it was offset by corresponding spending cuts. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, echoed this sentiment, stating that funding for many of those things needs to be offset because of the current trillion-dollar deficits.
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