Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) said he plans to support House Republicans’ bill to help Israel even though it would mean cutting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget.
“Foreign Policy and National Security being conducted as a future political mailer. “ You chose the IRS over Israel”. I am not going to take the bait. There are American Hostages. This is not a game,” Moskowitz wrote on Twitter.
Asked if he would vote ‘yes’ on the bill, Moskowitz responded: “Damn straight. A political mailer as policy put forward by unserious people. Was this in the speakers Bible? To choose between Israel and the IRS. This is dead in the Senate. It violates Republicans single subject spending rule. It adds to the deficit. I will support Israel.”
In the first major policy action under new speaker, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), House Republicans proposed a $14.3 billion aid package for Israel, but proposed paying for the bill by cutting IRS funding approved in President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.
Senate Democrats are already signalling that such a proposal is dead on arrival in the upper chamber if it gets there. The House is set to vote on the new proposal as early as this week.