Six Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected a deficit-driven proposal by a new Republican senator to cut US aid to Israel.
In a letter to the top House Republicans on the Appropriations and Budget committees, the Democrats said aid to Israel, the only democratic nation in the Middle East, is imperative. They backed the $3 billion in foreign military assistance that the US provides annually to Israel.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said last week that the nation faces a fiscal crisis and argued that the US cannot give money away, even to allies, as the debt grows.
According to the Washington Post, Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Bill Nelson of Florida, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island signed the letter.