The White House has made it clear that President Joseph Biden will exercise his veto power against the Republican-sponsored bill in the House of Representatives, which exclusively allocates aid to Israel while neglecting other vital national security priorities.
The Office of Management and Budget underlined the bill's inherent bias, pointing out that it fails to address the current global situation adequately. Specifically, it overlooks humanitarian aid for the Gaza population and assistance to Ukraine and Indo-Pacific allies, as reported by the Hill portal.
In a resolute stance, the President affirms that he will veto the bill should it gain approval in Congress. This decision is rooted in the belief that not supporting Ukraine would convey a detrimental message to Russia and the world, undermining the United States' commitment to global security and diplomacy.
"This bill is bad for Israel, for the Middle East region, and for our own national security," the White House said. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a statement on Tuesday, reaffirming its commitment to collaborating with members of Congress to reach an agreement regarding the additional funding request put forth by the White House earlier this month.
Ukraine is currently engaged in resistance against Russian occupation
In response to the proposal made by Republicans on Monday, their package includes $14.3 billion in aid intended for Israel. This aid is primarily directed towards supporting Israel's efforts in countering Hamas, a militant group that currently controls Gaza and was responsible for cross-border attacks on October 7, resulting in the tragic loss of approximately 1,400 Israeli lives.
Additionally, the White House had previously requested approximately $106 billion in supplementary funding for national security purposes. This funding encompasses various aspects, such as supporting Israel and Ukraine. Ukraine is currently engaged in resistance against Russian occupation.
Furthermore, the allocated funds are intended to contribute to efforts in the Indo-Pacific region, provide humanitarian aid, and enhance security measures along the U.S. border. This multifaceted approach aims to address critical national security concerns and international partnerships.