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Democratic U.S. House of Representatives members voted against a Republican-sponsored bill that would give aid to Israel and reduce funding for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. They did not vote to support genocide of the Jewish people.

Republican U.S. Rep. Derrick Van Orden, who represents western Wisconsin, claimed on social media the vote was taken Nov. 2, 2023.

The House that day voted 226-196 to approve the bill, which would provide about $14 billion to Israel in its war with Hamas and reduce by roughly the same amount funding for the IRS.

Of the no votes, 194 were cast by Democrats, two by Republicans.

Among Wisconsin members, all six Republicans voted yes and both Democrats voted no.

Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Senate said they would not take up the bill.

Van Orden has also falsely claimed that Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, who represents the Madison area, supports Hamas.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


derrickvanorden: Last night, 194 Democrats voted against helping Israel defend herself against the savages that raped and murdered their people on October 7th. They voted to support genocide of the Jewish people. Antisemites have no place in congress.

The Hill: House Democrats lining up against GOP’s Israel aid bill over IRS cuts

Govtrack: H.R. 6126: Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024

Govtrack: Text of H.R. 6126: Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024 (Passed the House version)

Washington Post: House passes $14 billion in Israel aid with costly cuts to IRS

Wisconsin Watch: Has a Wisconsin member of Congress openly supported Hamas?

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for Milwaukee Magazine and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.