U.S. Rep. Hillary Scholten (D) voted against providing security funding to ally Israel, siding with socialist members of “the Squad.”
According to the Republican National Committee, Scholten joined Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, as well as other far-left legislators including Maxine Waters and Jan Schakowsky. The RNC argued Scholten and the group “refused to sanction terrorism.”
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Blumenauer (OR), Bowman (NY), Bush (MO), Cárdenas (CA), Carson (IN), Casar (TX), Castro (TX), Chu (CA), Clarke (NY), DeSaulnier (CA), Escobar (TX), Foushee (NC), Frost (FL), García (IL), Garcia (TX), Garcia, R. (CA), Grijalva (AZ), Huffman (CA), Ivey (MD),… https://t.co/XwN0YELFYp
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“Tonight, a bipartisan group of members voted to send immediate aid to Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East,” Speaker Mike Johnson (R) said after the vote.
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“Our supplemental package, which is fully offset, provides Israel with advanced weapons systems, supports the Iron Dome missile defense system, and replenishes American domestic defense stockpiles. This is necessary and critical assistance as Israel fights for its right to exist. With antisemitism on the rise both domestically and abroad, it’s imperative that the U.S. sends a message to the world that threats made against Israel and the Jewish people will be met with strong opposition. The Senate and White House cannot let this moment pass, and I urge them to act swiftly and pass this bill as the House did today.”
The bill, which President Joe Biden said he will veto, uses cuts from the IRS to fund it.
Scholten defended her opposition in a statement.
“Instead of putting a bipartisan emergency Israel aid package on the floor, Speaker Johnson, in an unprecedented move, chose to prioritize an extreme Republican policy wish list item,” Scholten said.
Michigan Rep. Haley Stevens supported the bill, while Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who is running for the U.S. Senate, also voted against it, according to the roll call vote tally.