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Speaker Mike Johnson’s decision to separate the vote on aid for Israel from the Biden administration’s request for aid to Ukraine and combine it with spending cuts has created a conflict between the House and Senate regarding how to fund U.S. allies during conflicts. Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, introduced a $14 billion aid bill for Israel that includes a provision to revoke the same amount of funds allocated for the Internal Revenue Service as part of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. Democrats and the White House have criticized Johnson’s move, arguing that it undermines bipartisan support for Israel and injects partisanship into the issue. However, Johnson defended his decision, asserting that supporting Israel is a more immediate need than funding the IRS. This decision has set up a clash between the House, the White House, and the Senate, with the latter supporting the Biden administration’s proposal to combine aid for Israel and Ukraine.

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