Newly minted Speaker Mike Johnson defended his approach to redirect IRS funds to provide aid to Israel on Sunday, saying Republicans are “trying to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s resources.”
“Instead of printing new dollars or borrowing it from another nation to send over to fulfill our obligations and help our ally, we want to pay for it, what a concept, we are trying to change how Washington works,” Johnson told on “Fox News Sunday.”
House Republicans on Thursday passed a $14.5 billion package to provide military aid to Israel mostly on party lines, pulling from the IRS funding that was part of Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. Senate Majority Leader previously called the plan “not serious,” and and President Joe Biden has threatened to veto the bill.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) defended the House GOP plan on ABC’s “This Week,” saying Biden should sign the legislation if it passes the Senate because it provides necessary aid.
“If the Senate has an issue with the bill, they can take it up,” Scalise told host George Stephanopoulos. “If they send it to the president, I have no doubt the president would sign that bill because it gives Israel the aid they need, again, with a bipartisan vote out of the House.”