(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday, the White House revealed that President Biden would vet a package that the House Republicans had brought forward, providing funding to Israel while cutting funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They further pointed out that the proposal did not fund other national security priorities.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) criticized the Republican proposal in a lengthy statement of administration policy in which they stated that the bill would provide partisan support for Israel but did not include any humanitarian aid to be sent to the Palestinian people in Gaza. They further pointed out that the proposal did not have any financial aid that would be sent to Ukraine and U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific.
The OMB argued that this bill was wrong for the United States national security and that it would also be harmful to the Middle East and Israel. The White House further pointed out that the proposal by the Republicans was moving away from the bipartisan precedent that had been set by attempting to include funding cuts in an emergency national security package.
They added that Congress has always worked bipartisan to ensure that Israel would receive the required security assistance. However, the bill proposed was threatening this approach. The OMB further noted that by placing assistance for Israel above all other priorities, there were going to be global consequences.
The statement on Tuesday noted that the Biden administration would continue to cooperate with Congress lawmakers to secure an agreement on the White House’s supplemental request from earlier this month.
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