February 06, 2024

Kilmer Statement on Rejecting Partisan Security Supplemental

Kilmer Advocates a Bipartisan, Comprehensive Approach That Supports Global Security and Humanitarian Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) released the following statement after voting to reject House Republicans’ partisan, incomplete security supplemental legislation – which failed to pass the House.

Following the horrific terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7, I have been firm in my support for Israel’s right to defend itself in a matter consistent with the international rules of war – and in my belief that the United States should provide resources toward that end. As a general matter, I support providing emergency security aid to Israel. 

However, I cannot and will not support the partisan and haphazard attempt by House Republicans to pass legislation that fails to meet the immense national security challenges of this moment.

The partisan bill before the House today was more geared toward political games than it was toward solving problems. Indeed, the bill fell short of addressing the broader security and humanitarian challenges in the Middle East, Ukraine, and the Indo-Pacific region.

The bill’s narrow focus disregards the need for humanitarian assistance for Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which is not only crucial for fostering peace and stability in the region but also vital for ensuring that women and children in war zones have food, water, and medical supplies. Moreover, the exclusion of aid for Ukraine amidst its ongoing struggle against Vladimir Putin, paired with zero support for Taiwan, undermines America’s national security interests.

President Biden, who has repeatedly emphasized the importance of a bipartisan, comprehensive package that aligns with our broader security objectives and humanitarian commitments, announced his intention to veto this proposal. Still, the Republican-led House moved forward with a partisan bill that missed an opportunity to address our toughest challenges and support humanitarian assistance in the Middle East.

Congress must strive for an approach that supports our partners, aids those in need, and upholds our ideals on the world stage. I urge my colleagues to consider the broader implications of narrow, partisan proposals like this and the messages they send to allies and adversaries alike regarding our commitment to global security and humanitarian principles.

Now is not the time to sideline critical issues. Democrats and Republicans must work together to pursue a solution that delivers support for Israel, aids in addressing humanitarian needs, bolsters our commitments to defending democracy in Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific, and reaffirms America’s role as a steward of security and peace.

Together – and only together – can we achieve a more secure and just world for all.

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