$17.6 Billion in Emergency Aid to Israel Fails in Republican-Controlled House

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The U.S. House this week rejected a stand-alone bill that would have provided $17.6 billion in assistance to Israel but didn’t include any provision to pay it.

The Tuesday vote required a two-thirds majority to pass because it had been put under “suspension” but Republican House leaders, which allows for a quicker vote — suspending some House procedural rules — but required a higher vote threshold to pass.

The bill received only 250 of the 288 votes it needed to pass.

According to the House clerk, the vote failed in a bipartisan fashion, with 204 Republican votes in favor and 14 opposed, and 46 Democrats in favor and 166 opposed.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana did not vote.

Representatives on the left were unlikely to support Israel to begin with, according to USA Today, and voted against the bill out of concern for Israel’s alleged human rights violations in Gaza.

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