US Senate Democrats reject call to cut Israel aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Six Senate Democrats are rejecting a deficit-driven proposal by a new Republican senator to cut U.S. aid to Israel.

In a letter Tuesday to the top House Republicans on the Appropriations and Budget committees, the Democrats said aid to Israel, the only democratic nation in the Middle East, is imperative. They backed the $3 billion in foreign military assistance that the U.S. provides annually to Israel.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said last week that the nation faces a fiscal crisis and argued that the U.S. cannot give money away, even to allies, as the debt grows.