U.S. House passes bill to boost veterans benefits
The U.N. General Assembly approved the Veterans Benefits Reform Act, which would provide a $1,000 boost to military and civilian employees and $300 million in supplemental funding for veterans’ compensation and other benefits.
The bill passed by a voice vote Thursday, with no Republican votes.
President Donald Trump has criticized the bill as too expensive and inadequate.
U.S.-Israel cooperation: Trump and Netanyahu’s meeting has become a major flashpoint in U.A.E. relations, with the Israeli leader visiting the White House and the two leaders sharing a number of tough issues.
The White House said Trump told Netanyahu in a phone call that he was happy to make a deal on Iran sanctions that would be “very helpful” to the U.K. and Israel.
Trump also asked Netanyahu if Israel was ready to make deals with countries such as Syria and Iran.
Trump has repeatedly accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons and has repeatedly rejected U. N. Security Council resolutions that called for its destruction.
Netanyahu has repeatedly said he would never support sanctions on Iran, a key U. S. ally.
But the U-N.
vote on Thursday raised the stakes of a potential U.R. resolution that could require the U of A.E.’s ambassador in Washington to visit the White Street Hotel, which is where Trump and Putin met earlier this year.
Trump has said the U A. E. will never be a friend of Israel.
Israel, which was attacked by the Islamic State group in 2014 and is now a key ally of the U S., is facing a humanitarian crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The United States is sending $1.8 billion in humanitarian aid to Israel to help it cope with the influx.