The White House press secretary issued a strong response to a House Republican proposal aimed at cutting $14.3 billion in funding from the Internal Revenue Service to support Israel. This aid package represents one of the inaugural bills introduced during Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) newly assumed leadership. The legislation designates $4 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling defense systems, in addition to $1.2 billion earmarked for the development of the Iron Beam defense system.
“Politicizing our national security interests is a nonstarter. Demanding offsets for meeting core national security needs of the United States—like supporting Israel and defending Ukraine from atrocities and Russian imperialism—would be a break with the normal, bipartisan process and could have devastating implications for our safety and alliances in the years ahead,” said Jean-Pierre.
Last week, the White House revealed a national security supplemental funding request of approximately $106 billion. This request covered allocations for Israel and Ukraine, as well as investments in the Indo-Pacific region, humanitarian assistance, and border security enhancements.
“There is strong bipartisan agreement that humanitarian aid is critical to stopping the suffering of innocent people in Gaza, which is in our direct national security interest
to help Ukraine defend its sovereignty against appalling crimes being committed by Russian forces against thousands of innocent civilians—including attacking them with Iranian weapons. Those atrocities include the hideous use of rape as a weapon and the kidnapping and forced deportation of thousands of Ukrainian children,” said the Biden’s press secretary.
“Threatening to undermine American national security unless House Republicans can help the wealthy and big corporations cheat on their taxes—which would increase the deficit—is the definition of backwards,” said Jean-Pierre.
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