The White House announced that US President Joe Biden intends to submit an urgent budget request to Congress, seeking financial support for key allies, notably Israel and Ukraine, along with meeting America’s national security requirements. Speaking on this matter, the White House conveyed, ‘Tomorrow, President Biden will forward an immediate budget request to Congress to address America’s national security needs and extend assistance to vital partners, including Israel and Ukraine.’ Earlier today, President Joe Biden called for a substantial aid package for Israel and Ukraine, simultaneously strongly condemning the increase in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the United States.
In a prime-time address to the nation, delivered from the Oval Office after his recent visit to Israel, President Biden emphasized the crucial importance of aiding Israel in response to Hamas’s terrorist attacks and continuing support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. Biden stated, ‘That’s why tomorrow I will send an urgent budget request to Congress to fund America’s national security requirements and support critical partners, including Israel and Ukraine. This is a wise investment that will yield long-term benefits for American security.’ He also stressed the unequivocal denouncement of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, emphasizing unity and belonging.
Biden further underlined the connection between the Israeli and Ukrainian conflicts and American national security, emphasizing that supporting these nations is a prudent investment for the future. He noted that both Hamas and Putin, despite their differences, share the goal of undermining neighboring democracies. President Biden acknowledged that these conflicts may seem distant to some Americans and addressed the question of their significance to U.S. security interests, stating, ‘History has shown us that when terrorists and aggressors go unpunished, they cause more chaos, debt, and destruction.
“They persist in their actions, and the costs and threats to both the United States and the global community continue to rise,” he remarked. During his recent visit to Tel Aviv, President Biden not only reaffirmed unwavering support for Israel but also effectively argued with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet to permit the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza. This national address coincides with the Biden administration’s preparations to send a substantial foreign aid package to Capitol Hill. However, the request faces challenges in a Congress that is currently paralyzed, as the House of Representatives has been without a speaker for over two weeks since Kevin McCarthy’s historic removal. Republicans have so far failed to reach a consensus on his successor, resulting in a state of chaos within the chamber.