Bipartisan House says no to standalone Israel aid bill

By Jen Krausz on
 February 7, 2024

The House voted 250-180 on a standalone Israel aid bill on Tuesday, and even though there were more votes for it than against it, it failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority needed for it to be adopted under an expedited process.

Around 50 Democrats voted for the measure, but 14 Republicans voted against it because it didn't offset the new spending with cuts elsewhere.

After all, we are $34 trillion in debt and counting. The national debt rises $5.2 billion per day at its current rate.

President Joe Biden had said he would veto the measure if it got to his desk, but if it had passed, the veto could have been overridden, at least in the House.

Biden doesn't want a standalone aid bill for Israel because he's far more interested in more aid for Ukraine.

Democrats have been divided in their support for Israel because some sympathize with Hamas, and others think Israel is attacking Hamas too vigorously even though the terror group attacked it first.