Republicans call for separate Israel aid bill as Senate deal stalls

A pair of Republican lawmakers are calling on their colleagues in the House and Senate to advance a financial aid bill to Israel as negotiations in the upper chamber have stalled action on that front over the last several weeks.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) released a joint statement on Wednesday urging lawmakers to pass a clean, “un-offset” aid bill to Israel as it continues its war against the Hamas militant group. The calls come as negotiations for a package deal have largely stalled in the Senate due to separate policy disagreements over the southern border.

“For months, Senate leadership has attempted to trade Ukraine aid for a bill that would secure America’s border,” the pair said. “If news reports are in any way accurate, that border negotiation is a complete
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