Biden Threatens Veto of ‘Unwise’ Israel Weapons Bill

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( – On Tuesday the White House announced that President Joe Biden would be vetoing the Israel Security Assistance Support Act even if Congress passed it.

The legislation will be on the House floor this week following Biden’s remarks that he would withhold sending arms to Israel if it moved forward with its military operations in Rafah. Rafah is believed to be the last stronghold of Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorist group.

In a Statement of Administration Policy, the federal government expressed its heavy opposition to H.R. 8360 which is looking to limit the President’s discretion so as to ensure that the delivery of certain defense articles moves ahead as normal.

As is stated the bill would greatly undermine the ability of the U.S. president to execute foreign policy effectively and could result in serious concerns about the President’s authorities under the Constitution’s Article II which includes information about the President’s duties in conducting foreign relations.

The House bill is pushing for the expedited delivery of the defense articles to Israel while also condemning the federal administration for its decision to put a pause on sending Israel any shipments. The Act also reaffirms that Israel has the right to self-defense.

The Act is also pushing for funds to be paused from being given to the State and Defense secretaries until the arms delivery has been made to Israel. 

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., along with Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and John Kennedy, R-La., have been supporting the legislation, with a similar legislation having been introduced to the U.S. Senate.

In a news release, Cotton blasted Biden for his decision and argued that this was a betrayal of one of the country’s biggest allies.

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