House passes bill barring Biden from withholding Israel aid; legislation not expected to advance further

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) speaks to the media on the Low Library steps on Columbia University's campus in New York on April 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) speaks to the media on the Low Library steps on Columbia University's campus in New York on April 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block President Joe Biden from withholding weapons from Israel.

The Republican bill passed 224 to 187, with 16 moderate Democrats joining 208 Republicans who voted in favor.

Three Republicans voted against along with 184 Democrats.

The bill is almost certain not to advance further, given that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he doesn’t plan to allow a vote on it and that Biden has pledged to veto.

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