AIPAC-Funded Dems Propose Keeping Congress in the Dark on Israel Aid

Murray and Schumer, the sponsors of the proposal, have both received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funding from AIPAC and other pro-Israel donors.

AIPAC-Funded Dems Propose Keeping Congress in the Dark on Israel Aid
Sens. Patty Murray and Schuck Schumer (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Democratic Senators Patty Murray (Wash.) and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) yesterday unveiled their $118 billion national security supplemental that includes a Biden administration proposal allowing the White House to waive the requirement that it notifies Congress before sending Israel up to $3.5 billion in foreign military aid, including advanced weapons systems. 

The proposal could prevent Congress from being made aware of what types of aid and weapons systems the U.S. is providing to Israel, hamstringing its ability to conduct oversight. The oversight waiver was originally proposed by the Biden administration on October 20, 2023, when it sent Congress a request for a national security supplemental including additional funds for Israel. Under the legislation, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken could waive the congressional notification requirement if he “determines that to do so is in the national security interest of the United States.”