Jewish GOP lawmaker tears into Republican speaker’s Israel aid package ‘gimmick’

House Speaker Mike Johnson speaks at a pro-Israel rally in Washington on November 14, 2023. (Screen capture/YouTube)
House Speaker Mike Johnson speaks at a pro-Israel rally in Washington on November 14, 2023. (Screen capture/YouTube)

A Jewish Republican House lawmaker tears into his party’s Speaker Mike Johnson over the “disgusting” Israel aid package that he proposed last month, which sought to make massive cuts to the IRS but that the Democratic Senate and White House both quickly rejected.

“Putting any type of cuts to a supplemental package to one of our greatest allies in the world is disgusting,” Max Miller tells Jewish Insider. “I think it’s stupid. I’m supportive of Israel — don’t get me wrong, I voted for it — but I think it’s a gimmick.”

Miller accuses Johnson of “play[ing] gimmicks with people’s lives,” while clarifying that he voted for the bill due to his support for Israel.

“He’s playing God with money that is going to help Israeli-Americans and Israelis,” Miller says. “We have Americans who were killed in that attack, we have Americans who are held hostage and this man doesn’t want to help them — that’s the way I look at it as somebody who is one of two Republican Jews in Congress.”

“Now that you see it’s a gimmick, the Senate won’t pick it up,” Miller says. “The speaker knew that. He’s trying to play chicken with a body that he’s going to lose with, and we’re going to end up swallowing a huge supplemental now that’s going to include Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and our border. And probably, because he negotiated this so poorly, possibly a humanitarian package that’s going to go to the Palestinian people.”

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