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‘Blank Checks and Slush Funds’: House Passes $95 Billion Foreign Aid Package for Ukraine, Israel

Members of Congress chanted “Ukraine!” and waved a sea of rippling, blue-and-gold flags across the House floor, as the House of Representatives approved a massive $95 billion foreign aid package that benefits Ukraine, Taiwan, and both sides of the Israel-Hamas war.

The aid package contained approximately $61 billion in additional funding for Ukraine’s war against Russia, which supporters say will pay for the military’s next year of efforts. The bill also contains $26 billion for Israel, $9 billion of which is constituted as “humanitarian aid” for the Gaza Strip. The Awdah Palestinian TV, owned by the Fatah Party, accused Gaza’s Hamas-controlled government of stealing and absconding with food and other vital supplies intended for its citizens “to their own homes.” The package also contains $8 billion for the “Indo-Pacific” region, primarily Taiwan.

The bill passed the House on Saturday by a 311-112 vote. While Democrats voted unanimously in favor of the bill, a majority of Republicans opposed additional aid (112-101). One congressman, Rep. Daniel Meuser (R-Pa.), voted present. The Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to pass the bill on Tuesday.

Raucous congressmen began chanting, “Ukraine! Ukraine!” and waving foreign flags in the lower chamber of the U.S. people’s House immediately upon the bill’s passage, putting off critics of continued aid. “Too much Ukraine. Not enough USA,” remarked Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The only member of the House born in Ukraine, Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), voted against sending more aid to her homeland, saying she would only vote to forward additional aid if it came with tighter oversight and provisions to secure the U.S. border. This aid package continues the Biden administration’s policy of “blank checks and slush funds,” Spartz declared on the House floor. “Unfortunately, this strategy has failed the American people. Biden has failed the American people.”

“If we don’t have proper oversight, we are not going to achieve our goals,” said Spartz earlier this month. “We cannot have these never-ending wars.”

House Republicans hoped to at least secure additional border enforcement from the aid package, but the measure failed to get the necessary two-thirds supermajority to be included in this bill.

House Democrats deemed the measure unnecessary. “Some say, ‘Well, we have to deal with our border first.’ The Ukrainian-Russian border is our border,” declared Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.).

Ultimately, insiders familiar with the process say, the Ukrainian aid package “would not have passed without Donald Trump.” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told “Fox News Sunday” that “President Trump has created a loan component to this package that gives us leverage down the road.”

The legislation allows the U.S. to ask Ukraine to repay $10 billion in aid. But Ukraine is not expected to pay back U.S. taxpayers.

Controversially, the bill gives the president the ability to absolve Ukraine of half of that remaining $10 billion debt after the next presidential election but before the next president takes office.

“The ‘loan’ for Ukraine is all smoke and mirrors,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) posted on the social media platform X. “It allows the president to cancel up to 50% of funds owed after November 15, 2024, and all remaining funds owed after January 1, 2026. No bank would allow this.” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) dismissed the loan as “a joke.”

The deepening fissure within Republican ranks had been signaled during a procedural, rules vote on Friday. “What was significant about it is that the Democrats actually joined Republicans in voting in favor of the bill,” reporter Victoria Marshall told “Washington Watch” guest host Joseph Backholm shortly after that tally.

That bipartisan support may have cost Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) vital support among his own House caucus, as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) doubled down on their threat to vacate the chair, terminating Speaker Johnson’s short and embattled tenure in office. Observers say that could result in a unified Democratic caucus overpowering a fractured Republican bloc to hand far-Left Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) the speaker’s gavel — and its attendant powers to move, or block, legislation.

“One of the things that’ll be interesting to track is how this plays in the Republican caucus that Speaker Johnson continues to try to hold together,” said Backholm on Friday. This weekend’s vote holds “lots of political ramifications for him personally and certainly for the caucus, as they head into November.”

Alongside the aid package, Congress passed the REPO Act, which allows the Biden administration to freeze, seize, and redistribute an estimated $6 billion in Russian assets, sending the proceeds to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has already promised “retaliatory actions and legal proceedings” if Washington follows through with its threat.

An ebullient Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told “Meet the Press” the fresh injection of U.S. taxpayer funds gives his nation “a chance for victory” over Russia. Likewise, CIA Director William Burns insisted the additional resources were aimed at “puncturing Putin’s arrogant view that time is on his side” during a speech at the Bush Center Forum on Leadership in Dallas on Thursday.

But military experts say Ukraine’s defeat is inevitable.

“This aid does not enable Ukraine to win the battle,” Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst now with the America First Policy Institute, told Newsmax TV on Monday morning. “It simply keeps Ukraine in the fight.”

“The best option, which Zelensky and Biden won’t talk about, is to end the war — to start a ceasefire and a process to end the killing,” said Fleitz. “Because Ukraine will eventually lose this war of attrition.”

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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.

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As Taiwan Reaffirms Independence, Biden’s Weakness Emboldens China, Experts Say

On Saturday, current vice president and independence advocate Lai Ching-te (also known as William Lai) was elected the next president of Taiwan, winning over 40% of the popular vote. The election drew a series of strong rebukes from China, as experts noted that Lai’s victory signaled the continued resolve of the Taiwanese people to maintain their independence from the increasingly hostile communist regime.

The election marked the third consecutive time that Taiwanese citizens installed the country’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has maintained a consistent stance for Taiwanese independence from China. The DPP victory was quickly dismissed by Chinese officials, with the communist regime condemning the U.S. and the Philippines, among others, for congratulating Taiwan’s new president. “Taiwan is China’s Taiwan,” one state official declared. The Chinese Embassy in London was similarly dismissive, stating, “No matter how the situation in Taiwan changes, the basic fact that Taiwan is part of China will not change.”

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that four Chinese military vessels were detected near Taiwan following the election, and “a high-altitude Chinese balloon floated off the northwest coast near the capital.”

On Tuesday, Gordon Chang, distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, joined “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” to discuss the implications of Taiwan’s election.

“Freedom had a great day, which means that Xi Jinping and the Communist Party had a horrible day,” he observed. “[William Lai] said throughout the campaign that his motto was going to be ‘continuity’ — continuity with Tsai Ing-wen, the current president. … Taiwan’s on a collision course with China, but it’s not because of the Democratic Progressive Party or William Lai or anything like that. They’re on a collision course with China because of China. And even if one of the pro-China candidates had been elected on Saturday, there still would be a collision, because Xi Jinping would be demanding that they surrender to China. And that’s just not possible in a democratic society where people believe that they are not Chinese.”

As Perkins further noted, Biden administration officials have repeatedly stated their desire to maintain the “status quo” with China in order to keep the peace. “We might want peace, but I’m not so sure that’s what’s on China’s agenda,” he remarked.

“No, it certainly isn’t,” Chang agreed. “You know, we’ve heard a lot of bland statements from the Biden administration. They sound good to the ear. But during the [last] three years, we have witnessed the failure and catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan, Russia’s attack on Ukraine, China and Russia fueling insurgencies across North Africa that look like wars, and of course the October 7 attack on Israel, which now has spread to the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Indian Ocean. So really what has occurred is a failure of the international system under Biden. Yeah, they can tell us nice sounding words, but they don’t mean anything because they’re not backed up.”

Chang went on to express alarm about the consequences that perceived weakness on the part of the Biden administration will have on the world stage.

“I’m really concerned because the Chinese can see the feeble responses of the Biden administration to all these crises, and then believe that they can do what they want,” he said. “… I think they’re getting the message that they have a free hand to greenlight all sorts of invasions around the world. You know, Tony, in 1939, there were crises across the world. There were wars across the world, and they merged into what we now know as World War II. And unfortunately, the same dynamic is occurring today. And I hope to God it doesn’t have the same result. But we are on a momentum toward global conflict.”

On Monday, Britain’s Defence Secretary Grant Shapps echoed Chang’s concerns in a major speech in London, in which he urged Britain and its allies to increase defense spending in the face of an array of global threats.

“The era of the peace dividend is over,” he declared. “In five years’ time, we could be looking at multiple theatres involving Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. Ask yourself, looking at today’s conflicts across the world, is it more likely that that number grows or reduces? I suspect we all know the answer: it’s likely to grow.”

Another factor to keep in mind is China’s current domestic situation, Chang pointed out. “I think their go/no-go decision [to invade Taiwan] is going to be based on domestic Chinese considerations,” he contended. “… [W]e do see symptoms of distress in Chinese society. … [China’s economy is] basically at 0% growth, maybe negative one, maybe plus one. It’s nowhere near the 5.2% that the premier of China mentioned at Davos, because we see a lot of indicators pointing to negative growth, and we see deflation tightening its grip over the Chinese economy.”

Invading Taiwan would likely help China’s economy, Chang concluded. “It certainly helps Xi Jinping, perhaps because he needs to have something to distract the Chinese people from his failing domestic policies.”

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Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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OAN VIDEO: Xi Allegedly Told Biden He Plans To Take Taiwan ‘Peacefully’

We have been reporting on how “Beijing” Biden and his foreign policies have lead to war in Europe between Russian and Ukraine, in the Middle East between Israel and Iran’s proxies Hamas and Hezbollah and in South America with the invasion of Guyana by Communist Venezuela.

Now we have this breaking news about yet another potential war in the far East between China and Taiwan.

One America News reports, “During President Biden’s meeting with China’s Xi Xinping last month, the Chinese leader allegedly told him China still intends on taking Taiwan.”

One America’s Chief White House Correspondent Monica Paige breaks down the details in the below video.

WATCH: Xi Allegedly Told Biden He Plans To Take Taiwan ‘Peacefully’

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Ticking Time Bomb: China Infects American Infrastructure With Malware To Disrupt U.S. Military

Meanwhile the Democrat ruling party is obsessed with ….. transitioning your kids to the opposite sex and instructing them on depraved sexual acts.

We’ve lost the war before its begun.

‘A Ticking Time Bomb’: China Infects American Infrastructure With Malware To Disrupt U.S. Military

By: Ryan Saavedra • DailyWire.com • Jul 30, 2023:

U.S. officials are aggressively searching for malware that they say hackers from China have implanted into American infrastructure to disrupt U.S. military operations in the event that the communist nation launches an attack on Taiwan.

Officials said that the malicious computer code, which penetrated U.S. systems well over a year ago but was only detected by Microsoft in May, was especially troubling because its purpose was not traditional spying, i.e., information gathering. Microsoft and the U.S. government both said the malware came from China.

The malware was hidden “deep inside the networks controlling power grids, communications systems and water supplies that feed military bases in the United States and around the world,” The New York Times reported. It infected systems that impact not only the U.S. military but also U.S. citizens and the economy.

Officials said that while the effort to destroy the malware has been underway for months, they still don’t know how widespread it is.

Officials say there were two possible goals when China infected utility infrastructure that “serve both civilian populations and nearby military bases,” the Times reported. The malware has not been detected in classified systems.

Keep reading.

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