Ukraine and Israel aid must be combined, two Cabinet secretaries tell U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the Washington Democrat who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, supports the idea of a broader aid package, which would also include humanitarian assistance.

By: - October 31, 2023 1:44 pm

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, departs from a briefing on the war in Ukraine at the U.S. Capitol Building in September. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Murray emphasized her support for a broad aid package that will support Ukraine as it defends against Russia’s invasion, Israel’s war effort following brutal attacks on civilians in the country by Hamas, as well as humanitarian assistance in war-torn areas. Republicans are pushing for a narrower bill that would initially only send U.S. aid to Israel. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Congress must approve funding for both Israel and Ukraine if it wants to avoid being dragged into a direct conflict with Russia or emboldening terrorist organizations, two top Biden administration officials told senators Tuesday.

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.