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House supports Israel in Speaker Johnson’s first act.

House⁢ Speaker Mike⁣ Johnson Stands with Israel

As his first legislative move in leadership, newly minted House Speaker⁣ Mike Johnson (R-La.) brought a resolution in support of standing with Israel before the floor⁤ of the U.S.⁢ House of Representatives.

The⁢ resolution passed⁣ by a vote of 412–10, with six representatives voting “present” on Oct.⁢ 25, just hours after ⁤the new speaker was officially sworn in.

Earlier that afternoon, Mr. Johnson received 220 votes‍ to become speaker of the House. The vote ended a three-week stint without a speaker‌ for the Republican-controlled House.

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The Louisiana ​lawmaker, a lower-ranking ⁣member of the House GOP leadership team, was the fourth Republican nominee for speaker after Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and the others‌ failed in what has become an unprecedented cycle of political discord among GOP factions jockeying ​for power since the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Oct. 3.

The new speaker’s first resolution called on​ the United States to ensure that⁢ it’s “standing ​with Israel ⁣as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas ‍and ⁤other terrorists.”

The‍ measure was introduced on Oct. 10⁣ by House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking Democratic member Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.)‌ and Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas).⁤ They were joined by 390 of their ‌colleagues⁣ in​ supporting the⁣ bipartisan effort, ​according to a statement from​ Democrats on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Now is the time to ⁢show the world the United States firmly stands with our friend and ally Israel in our condemnation of this heinous attack by Iran-backed terrorists,” Mr. McCaul said in a statement regarding the measure. “I expect this bipartisan resolution to be one of the first, if not the first, items considered⁣ on⁣ the floor once we elect a new speaker. And I expect it ​to receive overwhelming bipartisan support.”

Mr. Meeks also weighed in: “President​ [Joe] Biden‌ has committed the United States fully to Israel’s self-defense. Israel is responding to the Hamas terror organization’s unprecedented⁣ attack.‌ The bipartisan⁣ resolution will demonstrate this is one‌ issue in which the U.S. House of Representatives is united, and I ‍expect it to pass the House with broad bipartisan ‌support.”

President ⁢Biden also previously called for support for Israel and Ukraine in a recent ‍Oval ⁣Office address, saying on Oct.⁢ 19 that both should receive increased funding.

According to the president, that Israel and Ukraine win ‍their respective conflicts is in the United States’ national security interest.

“You know, history has taught ⁢us‌ that when⁢ terrorists don’t pay ​a price for their terror, when dictators don’t pay a price for their aggression,⁤ they cause more chaos and death and more destruction,” he said.

President⁤ Biden went on to underscore his belief that aid was necessary.

“They keep going, and the ‌cost and the threat‌ to America‍ and the world keep rising,” he said.

The​ president announced that he would submit a supplemental budget request to Congress ⁤to aid both nations. Earlier media reports suggested that ​the White House is contemplating a⁤ massive aid package that could exceed $100 billion ⁣and include funds⁤ for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, as well​ as for ​border ‌security.

“Hamas and [Russian President Vladimir] ⁣Putin represent different threats, but they share this in⁣ common: They both want ‌to completely annihilate a neighboring democracy,” President Biden said.

Recent polling data show that most Americans ‍support Israel and oppose Hamas⁤ in the ongoing war. The Harris Poll and HarrisX, released on Oct. 19, showed ​that Americans⁣ were supportive ⁣of backing Israel as the ‌conflict between the ally nation ‍and terrorist ⁢group rages on following the surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

Only 16 percent of‍ Americans said they support Hamas ⁢in the battle; 84 percent said they support Israel. Of respondents older than the age ‍of 65, 95 percent ⁤said they support Israel, ⁣and 5⁣ percent ⁤said they support Hamas. In the 18-to-24-year-old group, 52 percent said they support Israel​ and 48 percent said they support Hamas.

What does the swift action taken by Speaker Mike Johnson and the​ overwhelming support for the resolution⁢ signify about‍ the relationship between the United States ​and Israel

House Speaker ⁤Mike Johnson (R-La.) wasted‌ no‌ time in making his mark as the⁤ newly elected Speaker by bringing a resolution in support of standing with Israel before the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The⁣ resolution passed with an overwhelming vote of 412-10, with ​six representatives⁢ voting “present” on October ⁤25, just hours after Johnson ⁤was ⁢officially sworn in.

Earlier‌ that‍ afternoon, Johnson ⁢received 220‌ votes to become Speaker of​ the House, bringing an⁤ end to a​ three-week stint without a ⁢speaker for the Republican-controlled House.

Johnson, a‍ lower-ranking member of the House GOP leadership team, was the fourth Republican nominee‍ for speaker ​after Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) ‍and others failed to secure the position ‍in the midst⁢ of unprecedented political discord among GOP factions jockeying ​for ‍power⁣ since the ouster ⁤of⁢ Rep.⁤ Kevin McCarthy‍ (R-Calif.) on October 3.

The first resolution brought ⁢forward by the new Speaker called on the United States to ‌ensure that it stands with Israel as it defends itself ​against the barbaric war launched by ‍Hamas and other terrorists.

This measure was introduced on October 10 by House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking⁣ Democratic member Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and ‌Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), garnering support from 390 of ⁤their colleagues in a ‍bipartisan effort. According to a statement from ⁤Democrats on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the resolution aims⁣ to demonstrate the unity ‌of the U.S. House of Representatives in⁤ condemning the heinous ‍attack by Iran-backed terrorists ⁢and ⁤reaffirms the commitment of‌ President Joe Biden to Israel’s self-defense.

Mr. McCaul expressed his expectations for ‍the bipartisan ​resolution, stating, “Now is ⁤the time ⁢to show the world that the United ⁤States ⁤firmly stands with our friend and ally ⁣Israel in our condemnation ⁣of this heinous attack by ‍Iran-backed terrorists. I expect this ​bipartisan ⁣resolution to be one ⁤of the first, if not the first, items‌ considered⁢ on the floor ‌once we elect a new ‍Speaker, and I ⁣expect it ⁣to receive overwhelming bipartisan ‍support.”

Mr. Meeks echoed this sentiment,⁣ emphasizing President Biden’s ⁢commitment to Israel’s self-defense and the bipartisan support‍ in the⁢ House for the resolution. He stated, “The bipartisan resolution ⁣will demonstrate​ this is one issue in which the U.S. House of Representatives is ⁢united, and I expect it to pass the House with broad bipartisan support.”

The swift action taken by⁤ Speaker Mike Johnson ​and the ⁢overwhelming ​support for‍ the resolution‍ underscore the strong ​ties between the United⁤ States and Israel. It signals a commitment to stand with Israel ‌during challenging times ⁢and⁤ sends a message to ‍the world that terrorism and threats to our allies will not be ‍tolerated.

As the new​ Speaker of the House,‍ Mike⁤ Johnson has already made an impactful‍ statement ‌about his stance on international relations,⁣ particularly with regard to supporting Israel. This resolution sets​ the tone for his leadership and indicates‍ that Israel​ will remain a top ⁣priority for the United States under his tenure.

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