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House Republicans signal rejection of Senate's $118 billion security deal

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La. Associated Press/Photo by Mark Schiefelbein

House Republicans signal rejection of Senate's $118 billion security deal

House Speak Mike Johnson, R-La., promised on social media late Sunday evening that the bill would be “dead on arrival” if it reached the House. This bill is “even worse than we expected,” he added. The Senate released its $118 billion proposal to increase funding for the border and provide aid to Israel and Ukraine.

What exactly is in this bill? The proposal would allot about $20 billion to hiring more Border Patrol agents and personnel to handle asylum requests. It also includes roughly $60 billion in funding for Ukraine, which President Joe Biden began requesting late last year. Last month, the Department of Defense said it no longer had funds to send aid to Ukraine. The proposal would also provide roughly $14 billion in aid to Israel.

Have they proposed any alternative legislation? Johnson on Saturday said the House will separately vote this week on a “clean, standalone” $17.6 billion package of military aid for Israel. That legislation, proposed by Rep. Ken Calvert of California, includes $4 billion to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems.

Dig deeper: Read Leo Briceno’s report in The Stew about how moderates had been working to provide solutions to the border crisis.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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