Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Friday warned that President Joe Biden’s plan to link Israel’s foreign aid to Ukraine and Gaza aid will fail at the Senate.
Biden announced on Friday proposed a $105 billion spending bill that includes funds to support war efforts in Israel and Ukraine. The budget would see the U.S. send $60 billion in funding to Ukraine while Israel will get just $14 billion for “sharpen[ing] Israel’s military edge” and replenish its Iron Dome.
Cotton is, however, adamant that the bill will not pass the Senate in its current form.
President Biden’s funding proposal is a Democratic wish list that has no chance of passing.
Senate Republicans will lead on creating a bill that gets Israel what it needs and secures the southern border. pic.twitter.com/UVImzVinKx
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) October 21, 2023
“President Biden’s slush fund proposal is dead on arrival, just like his budgets,” Cotton said in a statement. We will not spend, for example, $3.5 billion to address the ‘potential needs of Gazans,’ essentially functioning as a resupply line for Hamas terrorists. We will also not spend $11.8 billion to fund the Ukrainian government’s own non-war spending, such as funding retirement pensions for Ukrainian government employees. Nor will we spend $4.7 billion for housing, transportation, and ‘services’ for illegal aliens in the United States rather than deporting them. The Biden proposal is going nowhere, and Senate Republicans will take the lead on crafting a funding bill that protects Americans and their interests.”
Cotton’s statement echoes the sentiments of several Republicans and GOP lawmakers who have shown their opposition to the spending bill.
Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) described Biden’s attempt to tie Israel’s Aid to Ukraine’s as disgusting. Vance accused the president of using dead children in Israel to sell his disastrous Ukraine policy to Americans who are beginning to show less support for the war in Ukraine.
What Biden is doing is disgusting. He’s using dead children in Israel to sell his disastrous Ukraine policy to skeptical Americans.
They are not the same countries, they are not the same problems, and this effort to use Israel for political cover is offensive.
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) October 20, 2023
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), in a letter cosigned by seven other Senate Republicans, told the president that he is risking a government shutdown by tying Israel’s aid to Ukraine’s.
Using the war in Israel as a leverage point to squeeze more Ukraine dollars is a non-starter.
— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) October 19, 2023
“My colleagues and I firmly believe that any aid to Israel should not be used as leverage to send tens of billions more dollars to Ukraine,” the letter read. “These are two separate conflicts at different stages and cannot be considered as a ‘package deal.’”