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The US House of Representatives discusses providing aid to ...





The US House of Representatives discusses providing aid to Israel, Taiwan, and Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia and Iran
17/04/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson announced that bills may be introduced to provide aid to Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine, in addition to imposing sanctions on Russia and Iran, yesterday, Tuesday.
For his part, the Louisiana Republican said in an interview with Fox News: “We do not believe that the House of Representatives should be subject to the control of the Senate. They sent us a large bill that brings together everything, but the will of the House was different.”
He added: “The will of the House of Representatives is to consider all of this as separate topics - and that is what we plan to do this week. As I said, there will be four bills: first Israel, then the Indo-Pacific region, then Ukraine, and then a fourth bill that includes additional sanctions against Russia and Iran, and also provisions regarding the seizure of the assets of the Russian oligarchs. We will present the concept of lending in these documents, pointing out that lawmakers are still finalizing some provisions that could be presented “later today,” and it is possible that the draft laws will be voted on Friday.
On the other hand, the White House on Monday rejected the idea of possibly splitting its request for more significant military aid to Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine.
White House National Security Council coordinator John Kirby confirmed that President Joe Biden opposes such a division, and it is unclear whether the Democratic-controlled Senate is ready to support Johnson's plan.
   Several months ago, the US administration sent a request to Congress for additional allocations in the budget for the fiscal year 2024, which began in the United States on October 1, 2023, primarily to provide assistance to Israel and Ukraine, as well as to “confront China and Russia” in the Asian region. And the Pacific Ocean. In total, the executive branch of the government led by Democrat Biden wants to obtain about $106 billion for these purposes.
The further fate of the request and alternative bills remains unclear. A number of Republicans in the House and Senate have spoken out in recent months against continuing to provide financial support to Kiev.
The Senate, with the support of a number of Republicans, approved an alternative version of the bill on February 13, providing aid worth $95 billion to Israel, Taiwan, and Ukraine.

 














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