US Congress averts government shutdown, passing $1.2 trillion bill

The US Congress early on Saturday overwhelmingly passed a $1.2 trillion budget bill, keeping the government funded through a fiscal year that began six months ago and sending it to President Joe Biden to sign into law and avert a partial shutdown. The vote on passage was 74-24. Key federal agencies including the departments […]

White House National Security Adviser pleads with House Republicans to move on aid bill

Republican US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson indicated again on Wednesday he has no immediate plans to allow the chamber to vote on a $95 billion package of international security assistance for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. “We’re not going to be forced into action by the Senate,” Johnson said at House leaders’ weekly […]

Progressive members of US Senate concerned over Israel aid bill

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) voted for the Senate supplemental defense bill, despite not agreeing with all of its provisions relating to Israel.   In a statement, Van Hollen said he was disappointed the bill included a blanket ban on any funds going to UNRWA. Van Hollen introduced an amendment which would allow UNRWA […]

US Senate advances $95 b. Ukraine, Israel aid bill

A $95.34 billion bill that includes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, was set to advance in the US Senate on Thursday after Republicans blocked compromise legislation that also included a long-sought overhaul of immigration policy. As voting continued, senators backed a procedural motion by 62 to 28, exceeding the 60-vote threshold to advance […]

Biden threatens veto of US House’s standalone Israel aid bill

US President Joe Biden’s administration said on Monday he would veto a standalone bill backed by House of Representatives Republicans that would provide aid to Israel, as it backs a broader bill providing assistance to Ukraine and Israel and providing new funds for border security. “The Administration strongly encourages both chambers of the Congress […]

US Senate unveils bipartisan bill to aid Israel and Ukraine

The US Senate on Sunday unveiled a $118 billion bipartisan border security bill that would also provide aid to Ukraine and Israel following months of negotiations, but the measure faces an uncertain future amid opposition by Donald Trump and hardline Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said an initial vote on the bill […]

US Reps Bush, Tlaib vote no on ‘redundant’ bill to ban Oct 7 terrorists

United States Congresswomen Cori Bush (D-MO) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were the sole votes against a bill in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday that would bar entry to the United States by members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad, as well as officers of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and anyone who participated […]

US Congress passes bill to avert government shutdown, sends it to Biden

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through early March and avert a partial government shutdown, sending it to President Joe Biden for final approval. The measure passed 314-108, with 106 Republicans and two Democrats in opposition. Earlier on Thursday, the Senate had easily passed […]

US House passes Israel-only aid bill, despite WH, Senate objections

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a Republican plan to provide $14.3 billion in aid to Israel and cut funding of the Internal Revenue Service, despite Democrats’ insistence it has no future in the Senate and the White House’s promise of a veto. The measure passed 226 to 196, largely along party […]