House Republicans are seeking to fund aid to Israel by cutting funds from the IRS, in a move that has generated disagreement and controversy.

On the same day that House Speaker Mike Johnson took office last week, House Republicans adopted a resolution expressing solidarity with Israel and promising to provide the Israeli government with the necessary funding to defeat Hamas. They have now introduced a bill to fulfill this promise, but not without disagreement.

According to the bill, Israel will receive $14.3 billion without considering funding requests for the war in Ukraine. Johnson's new bill would cover these expenses by reducing the budget of the understaffed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by $14.5 billion.

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Democrats in the Senate and the White House have criticized this bill. They argue that Ukraine's funding cannot be separated from Israel's, and they say that emergency funding of this nature is usually not offset by cuts. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated on Monday that "the politicization of our national security interests is a failure."

"Demanding offsets for meeting core national security needs of the United States, such as supporting Israel and defending Ukraine from atrocities and Russian imperialism, would be a departure from the normal bipartisan process and could have destructive consequences for our security and alliances in the years ahead," she added.

The Biden administration is seeking to link the fight against Hamas and Russia. In a rare Oval Office address last week, the President stated that "they both want to fully destroy a neighboring democracy." Biden warned of even greater "chaos, death, and destruction" and ultimately higher costs for the U.S. if they do not pay the price for their actions.

The White House is requesting nearly $106 billion from Congress, the majority of which is allocated to Ukraine, with the rest divided between Israel, the Indo-Pacific region, and the U.S. southern border. It is requesting $14.3 billion for Israel, the same amount as the separate House bill, including funding for air and missile defense, military financing, and embassy support.

However, House Republicans have increasingly opposed providing assistance to Ukraine for both financial and foreign policy reasons. Johnson opposed providing money to Ukraine before becoming Speaker and has since advocated for limiting spending and separate funding for Ukraine and Israel.

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Johnson acknowledged that the bill is likely to deter Democrats, saying to FOX News that he intends to have a "direct and thoughtful conversation" with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer about it.

But Democrats are not alone in their objections. McConnell has repeatedly stated that these two issues are intertwined. He specifically linked the two reasons in a speech on Monday while introducing Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S. at an event in Louisville.

Congress cannot provide aid to Israel until House Republicans find consensus NPR POLITICS PODCAST Congress cannot provide aid to Israel until House Republicans find consensus "This is a moment for swift and decisive action to prevent further loss of life and impose real consequences on the tyrants who have terrorized the people of Ukraine and Israel," McConnell said. "And right now, the Senate has an opportunity to provide additional assistance that will help us do just that."

However, Johnson emphasized the need to prioritize separate aid to Israel while offsetting the costs. He stated, "We're not just going to print money and send it overseas." He added, "Because another problem we have, which takes precedence over this, is our own strength as a nation, which is tied to our financial stability. And that's a big issue we have too. We have to keep that in mind when we're trying to help everyone else."