House GOP plans to aid Israel with $14.3 billion, wants to reallocate funding from IRS

Published: Oct. 31, 2023 at 6:29 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - On Monday, House Republicans unveiled a plan to offer Israel some financial help with the war.

It’s the first big task for House Speaker Mike Johnson.

The plan is to devote $14.3 billion that had been allocated to the IRS as part of the “Inflation Reduction Act”. U.S. Rep Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) says it’s better to have what he called: “offset funding”.

“The package that’s coming to the floor on Wednesday, I look forward to supporting it. I’m glad it’s offset by figuring out a way to pay for it. I think that’s good. We have to support Israel and its war against terrorism,” said LaHood, who represents the 16th District.

We reached out to U.S. Rep. Eric Sorensen (D-Moline), who’s from the 17th District. He released the following statement:

“I support the President’s $14.3 billion emergency funding request for Israel as it defends itself against Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Unfortunately, extremists are playing politics with our most important ally by conditioning this funding on offsets that could increase the national debt. We need a clean bill that provides emergency assistance to our most important ally in the Middle East.”