Republicans’ standalone Israel aid bill fails in House vote

Assistance package worth $17.6bn, seen as ploy to block broader Senate-backed measure, fails to win two-thirds majority

The US House of Representatives rejected a Republican-led bill on Tuesday that would provide $17.6bn to Israel, as Democrats said they wanted a vote instead on a broader measure that would also provide assistance to Ukraine, international humanitarian funding and new money for border security.

The vote was 250 to 180, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage.

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