US House to consider pro-Israel bill next week, lawmaker says after Iran attack By Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will make a change in its schedule to consider legislation that supports Israel and holds Iran accountable, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said in a statement on Saturday.

“The House of Representatives stands strongly with Israel, and there must be consequences for this unprovoked attack,” he said in a statement. More details will follow, he said.

Scalise’s office did not immediately respond to an inquiry seeking clarification of what legislation would be considered.

It was unclear whether Scalise was referring to a stand-alone bill to aid Israel, or the $95 billion supplemental spending bill that includes $14 billion for Israel, in addition to $60 billion for Ukraine, support for Taiwan and billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Republican Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) faces reporters after House Republicans nominated U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) to be House Speaker at a House Republican conference meeting to choose a nominee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 24, 2023. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

That package passed the Senate with 70% support in February but has been blocked in the House, whose Republican leaders will not call it up for a vote, largely because of their objection to further funding for Ukraine.

The package also faces resistance from a handful of left-leaning Democrats who object to sending more money to Israel while it pursues a military campaign that has killed more than 30,000 civilians in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials.

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