Speaker Johnson bets optics will force Senate Democrats to choose Israel over IRS

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) predicted Tuesday that the public would say Israel aid was more pressing than funding additional Internal Revenue Service agents.
The proposed $14.5 billion Israel aid bill is expected to come to the House floor later this week.
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“My intention is to call Leader Schumer over there and have a very direct and thoughtful conversation about this,” Johnson told Fox News’s Kayleigh McEnany, who asked if his plan to fund the aid would “drive away some Democrats in the Senate.”
“I understand their priority is to bulk up the IRS,” he continued. “But I think if you put this to the American people and they weigh the two needs — I think they’re going to say standing with Israel and protecting the innocent over there is in our national interest.”
He also added the country would say the Israel aid was a “more immediate need than IRS agents.”
Johnson introduced the prop …