The House passed a bill providing $14.3 billion in aid to Israel. The Senate, led by Chuck Schumer, opposes the House GOP bill, calling it flawed. Democrats want aid to Israel coupled with more security assistance for Ukraine. The House bill offsets Israel aid with $14.3 billion in IRS funding cuts, criticized by Democrats. The Congressional Budget Office noted it would add to the deficit. Schumer rejects the House GOP proposal and plans a separate bipartisan aid package for Israel, Ukraine, China competition, and Gaza humanitarian aid. Government funding expires on November 17, raising the specter of a shutdown. Speaker Mike Johnson defends tying Israel aid to IRS cuts, signaling a potential clash. Johnson also commits to a Ukraine aid package but links it to stricter border security measures, casting doubt on its prospects in Washington. He anticipates the need for another stopgap funding measure to avert a government shutdown, favoring one until January 15.
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