US House to vote on Ukraine and Israel aid despite opposition

Johnson said he would give members 72 hours to review and recommend amendments before voting on the bill. 

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US House to vote on Ukraine and Israel aid despite opposition
US House to vote on Ukraine and Israel aid despite opposition

WASHINGTON, 18 April: Speaker of the US House of Representatives Mike Johnson said on Wednesday that the House will vote on the delivery of aid to Israel and Ukraine on Saturday, and the bill is expected to pass.

The House Appropriations Committee said the legislation would include $95 billion in assistance funds, including $60.84 billion for the Ukraine war, and $23.2 billion for replenishing U.S. weapons stocks and facilities.

The bill would total $26.38 billion for Israel, including spending on the U.S. response to some of the recent attacks, and $9 billion for humanitarian aid, which Democrats have called for, despite their opposition to fund the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

In this package, 8.12 billion dollars will be allocated for the Indo-Pacific. The need for funds has increased after the recent Iranian attack, so the House has decided to vote on it early.

Johnson said he would give members 72 hours to review and recommend amendments before voting on the bill. 

U.S. President Joe Biden urged members to pass the bill soon, saying, “I will immediately sign it into law so that we can send a message to the world that we stand with our allies and will not allow Russia and Iran to succeed.”

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