US House to consider pro-Israel bill next week, lawmaker says after Iran attack

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. House of Representatives will make a change in its schedule to consider legislation that supports Israel and holds Iran accountable, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said in a statement on Saturday.

"The House of Representatives stands strongly with Israel, and there must be consequences for this unprovoked attack," he said in a statement. More details will follow, he said.

Scalise's office did not immediately respond to an inquiry seeking clarification of what legislation would be considered.

It was unclear whether Scalise was referring to a stand-alone bill to aid Israel, or the $95 billion supplemental spending bill that includes $14 billion for Israel, in addition to $60 billion for Ukraine, support for Taiwan and billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance.

That package passed the Senate with 70% support in February but has been blocked in the House, whose Republican leaders will not call it up for a vote, largely because of their objection to further funding for Ukraine.

The package also faces resistance from a handful of left-leaning Democrats who object to sending more money to Israel while it pursues a military campaign that has killed more than 30,000 civilians in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released a statement on Saturday evening urging the House to move forward with the larger aid bill that includes funds for Ukraine and Taiwan. "The national security supplemental that has waited months for action will provide critical resources to Israel and our own military forces in the region," the statement said.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Doina Chiacu and Mike Stone; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis)