“No one should go to jail for smoking weed,” the vice president said.
While a discharge petition is unlikely to succeed and is a lengthy process, it would up the political pressure on Republicans.
Among those killed were Issam al-Mughrabi, a veteran employee of the U.N. Development Program, his wife, and their five children.
Their trip comes as Iranian-backed militants launched a wave of attack drones against ships in the Red Sea and said they would continue until Israel’s “aggression” ends.
Numerous workers with local and international aid agencies, including more than 100 U.N. workers, have been killed in Gaza as Israel bombards areas crowded with civilians.
Bypassing Congress with emergency determinations for arms sales is an unusual step that has in the past met resistance from lawmakers.
“People are facing the immediate possibility of starvation,” said Abeer Etefa, a Mideast regional spokeswoman for the U.N.’s World Food Program.
“Much more needs to be done to protect civilians and to make sure that humanitarian assistance reaches them,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
More than two-thirds of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million have fled their homes since the war began.
Two strikes hit a U.N. school-turned-shelter just north of Gaza City, killing several people in tents in the schoolyard and women who were baking bread inside the building.