The US House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved by a narrow majority a package of budgetary measures. This includes, for example, the suspension of the federal debt limit until 2022 or measures to support people affected by natural disasters and refugees, the AP agency said. The withdrawal from the package of measures, which guaranteed funding for the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system, aroused great criticism.
220 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of the package, against 211 legislators. Voting was strictly by party affiliation.
According to the AP, the Democrats will have difficulty approving the measures in the Senate, where the exact half of the seats are held by the Republican Party, whose representatives are mostly against the package.
Republicans are particularly critical of suspending rules that limit federal debt. According to some of them, this is a “blank check” for the government of President Joe Biden. Republican senators can make life obstructive for the government.
The administration needs the budget package to be approved by October 1, when the new fiscal year begins in the USA. “It’s playing with fire,” said Chuck Schumer, chairman of Democratic Senators, about the possibility of failing to pass laws in time.
The decision to withdraw from the budget package measures to provide one billion dollars (22 billion crowns) to Israel for its Iron Dome anti-missile system also provoked a great debate.
The head of the Republican legislature in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said that the Democrats “capitulated to the anti-Semitic sentiments of their radical deputies.”
The leader of the Democratic majority in the House, Steny Hoyer, has promised to submit a new bill by the end of the week, which will count on funds for the Israeli system. According to him, the law should be discussed in an accelerated procedure.