ICYMI: U.S. Secretary of State Testifies on Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

November 2, 2023

#ICYMI: On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging lawmakers to send “immediate aid to Israel and Ukraine, arguing … that broad support for the assistance would signal U.S. strength to adversaries worldwide” (The Associated Press). In the quick-take shared below, Secretary Blinken is asked two questions regarding humanitarian aid to Gaza by first Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and second, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT).

Tuesday’s hearing came less than two weeks after President Biden’s $105 billion aid package request (which includes support for both Israel and Ukraine, among other national security issues) to Congress, where the package has faced roadblocks.

U.S. military and diplomatic leaders urge a divided Congress to send aid to both Israel and Ukraine (The Associated Press)

Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin testify as Senate grapples with Biden’s security funding request (NBC News)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas