Cornyn Blasts Schumer for Calling Israel Aid Bill a ‘Joke’

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) blasted the Democratic Majority Leader for refusing to allow a vote on the $14.3 billion Israel aid and domestic spending cuts package that passed the House of Representatives last week and admonished President Biden for threatening to veto the bill. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to strengthen America’s support for Israel while cutting wasteful government spending.”

“I’m disappointed that President Biden – first thing out of the chute – threatened to veto the bill, and Senator Schumer went so far as to call it a joke. $14.3 billion for Israel while it’s under perhaps an existential threat by Iran and its proxies, and the Majority Leader of the United States Senate calls that $14.3 billion a joke?”

“I don’t think there’s anything funny about the strong desire that most of us have to support our ally while protecting the long-term financial health of our country.”

“Despite the Majority Leader’s current refusal to allow a vote on the House bill – that’s his current position, one I hope will change – the fact remains we do need to take action.”

“The Senate must find a path forward to strengthen our support for Israel and Ukraine while making meaningful steps to address the out-of-control crisis at our southern border. Senate Republicans are discussing ways to do this in a thorough and thoughtful manner, and I expect that to remain a focus of our work for the next couple of weeks.”


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