The House GOP has proposed a $14 billion aid package for Israel designed to strengthen security relationships between the U.S. and the Jewish state. To help fund the initiative, Republicans are calling for offsets to the Biden administration’s “American Families Plan,” which would provide $1.8 trillion in new spending for a variety of domestic initiatives.
In particular, the GOP proposal calls for cuts to the Internal Revenue Service’s enforcement budget and taxpayer services to cover the cost of the aid package. The cuts would come from the $650 billion infusions of supplemental funding proposed in President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The cuts would amount to $14 billion in total.
The bill is largely symbolic as the offset reductions will not be enough to cover the entire $14 billion package. But Republicans hope that the package will signal to Israel and other U.S. allies that the U.S. is serious about addressing global security concerns. It is unlikely that the bill will pass the Senate given the current 50-50 divide and the Biden’s administration opposition to the cuts.