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House set to tackle Israel weapons pause, aviation measures this week

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House GOP leadership has a chance to spotlight Democratic divides over Israel this week with a bill that will force lawmakers to take a position on the Biden administration’s weapons pause to the ally.

The vote is expected to split Democrats, exposing divisions between those who fully back Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu’s actions in Gaza, and those who support a ceasefire and oppose further military aid to Israel.

The measure calls on the Biden administration to “proceed quickly” with previously green-lit arms transfers and requires the administration to “utilize all congressionally appropriated funds for security assistance for Israel as Congress intended.”

More than a messaging bill: The measure has substantive provisions limiting what can be done with funds appropriated by Congress to the Pentagon and State Department.

GOP members are expected to widely support the condemnation of the Biden administration’s weapons pause.

Republicans benefit from any opportunity to divide Democrats in an election year. But keep in mind: The legislation has bleak chances in the Senate.

Also, aviation: Also on the House’s agenda this week is the Senate-passed, five-year, $105 billion bill that will reauthorize the FAA. Votes on both the Israel and aviation measures are expected Wednesday.

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