Republicans seek tools to force Biden to send weapons to Israel

Senate Republicans are in search of legislative tools to force President Joe Biden to relinquish his threat of withholding U.S. military aid to Israel amid heightened tensions with the ally over its war in Gaza.

Biden is vowing to halt a shipment of 2,000-pound bombs in an effort to influence Israel not to launch a new military offensive in Rafah over concerns about more civilian casualties in the densely populated Gaza city home to more than 1 million civilians and refugees.

“We can’t let this pass without some pushback,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

He is leading the charge among GOP senators, whose frustration over Biden’s handling of the foreign policy situation that they say undermines Congress pans across the party’s ideological spectrum from moderates to conservatives.

“The [administration] did not inform the Appropriations Committee,” Sen. Susan Collins
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