VIDEO RELEASE: Senate Democrats Block Sen. Rick Scott's Bill to Provide Standalone Aid to Israel

November 7, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following the House passage of its lethal aid package for Israel, Senator Rick Scott spoke on the Senate floor to request the immediate passage of this bill in the Senate. Senator Scott is co-leading the Senate companion legislation. Senator Scott has been clear that the United States must take swift action to get aid to Israel as it fights a war against Iran-backed Hamas terrorists that have killed thousands in Israel, including at least 33 Americans, and are holding hundreds hostage. Senator Scott has been adamant about keeping aid for Israel separate from any additional legislation so Israelis can continue to defend their homeland. Senators Roger Marshall and J.D. Vance joined Senator Scott in the request for unanimous consent, but unfortunately, Senator Patty Murray blocked it.

Senator Rick Scott said, “I’m sick and tired of Democrats, Biden and Washington’s ruling class continuing to use crisis after crisis to push massive spending packages for issues that have no business being voted on together. The United States must ALWAYS stand with Israel, and I was glad to see the House do that under Speaker Johnson’s leadership with the passage of their standalone Israel aid package. Following the House’s passage, the Senate should support our colleagues and pass this bill TODAY to get to the president’s desk. Unfortunately, the aid was blocked, and frankly, it is disgusting that my colleague would put politics above national security and what is clearly in the best interest of the United States and our great ally Israel. American lives are at risk. Americans are still being held hostage by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists in Gaza. There’s absolutely no reason to delay aid to Israel as a bargaining chip. It is shameful that this is what the Democrat Party has turned into.”

Watch Senator Scott’s speech HERE or below.