Spanberger Statement on House GOP Aid Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after voting against the U.S House GOP majority’s supplemental funding bill.
“There is a war in the Middle East. Our ally Israel suffered a horrific terrorist attack and needs security assistance, and Palestinian children and civilian families in Gaza are in dire need of humanitarian aid.
“This moment requires a serious response from the U.S. House of Representatives, and this unserious bill is an affront to the goals of supporting our allies and delivering vital humanitarian aid. Every moment Speaker Johnson and the House Republican majority waste on this bill is a moment we are not — as a nation — being responsive to the needs of our allies or upholding America’s moral obligation to provide humanitarian support to children and civilian families.
“When the Speaker ascended to his current role, I urged him to work in good faith with both Democrats and Republicans to address America’s challenges and preserve American values. This bill does not do that. Instead, this bill conditions aid to Israel — a first — on the Speaker’s partisan gimmick of defunding the IRS. In doing so, this bill ignores the urgent need for humanitarian aid to help the civilian families and children impacted by the war between Hamas terrorists and Israel.
“We must prioritize bipartisan legislation that defends Israel, provides aid to civilians in Gaza, strengthens the security of our own borders, and supports Ukraine in its war against Putin.”