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Massachusetts Representatives Applaud Approval of Ukrainian Aid, Divided Over Military Aid to Israel

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Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., speaks to reporters to discuss a proposal to send crucial bipartisan support to help Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after weeks of inaction on Capitol Hill Wednesday in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Massachusetts representatives announced in the House of Representatives on Saturday the approval of billions in aid to Ukraine, Israel and other countries.

“The bills before us today are not perfect,” Democratic Whip Katherine Clark said Saturday in the House of Representatives, who voted in favor of the bills in the package. “They consider very complex and painful issues. But they are a crucial step forward, and I urge my colleagues to join me in taking this step.”

The package, passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday after prolonged opposition from far-right lawmakers, includes $95.3 billion in aid for Ukraine, Israel and other allies, as well as provisions imposing sanctions on Iran, Russia and China and renewing a push for the sales of TikTok. .

The $61 billion in aid for Ukraine passed quickly by an overwhelming majority, and the $26 billion in Israeli military aid, humanitarian aid to Gaza, and other bills passed by an equally large margin.

Massachusetts representatives in the House of Representatives issued statements expressing strong support for aid to Ukraine and taking more varied, nuanced positions on money going to the Middle East.

“It is unconscionable that Congress would consider sending more offensive weapons and funding to the Israeli military, which for months has operated with callous disregard for human life in Gaza and committed significant human rights abuses,” said U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley, pointing to the 34,000 soldiers. Palestinians killed, millions in Gaza facing famine and more than 100 remaining Hamas hostages.

Pressley voted yes on aid to Ukraine, but no on the aid bill for Israel and Gaza. Boston’s representative said she was “deeply disappointed” that the House of Representatives failed to add two amendments she proposed to impose a one-year moratorium on the transfer of assault weapons to the Israeli military and to add further aid to countries such as Haiti and Sudan.

“While I support Israel’s right to defend itself – especially after the horrific attack of October 7 and I mourn deeply for those affected – we cannot bomb our way to peace and become complicit in the Netaynahu massacre of the Palestinian people government,” Pressley continued.

The humanitarian aid for Gaza in the bill amounted to $9 billion of the $26 billion bill.

Protesters supporting a ceasefire in Gaza gathered outside the Massachusetts State House on Sunday, continuing the group’s weekly demonstrations.

Rep. Jake Auchincloss said the vote in favor of the bills “defends democracies against the axis of China, Russia and Iran.”

“This funding saves Israeli and Palestinian lives while tightening sanctions on Iran,” Auchincloss wrote. “The Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Iron Beam air defense systems are preventing civilian deaths across the region, and humanitarian assistance is needed to address the crisis in Gaza.”

The representative also argued that “Ukraine can win” with the continued support.

Rep. In her Floor speech on Saturday, Clark criticized right-wing Republicans who oppose aid to Ukraine.

“The same extremism that fueled Russia’s attack on the Ukrainian people has found support here in the House,” Clark said. “By voting yes today, we can rebuke all those who choose to side with the enemies of freedom.”