House Democrats introduce stand-alone bill to fund Iron Dome
House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a stand-alone bill that would fund Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system after progressives withdrew funding from Tuesday’s interim bill to fund the government.
The measure introduced Wednesday by Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut and chair of the House Appropriations Committee, provides $ 1 billion to replenish the missile defense system that has been taxed during 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in May.
The Islamist terror group fired about 4,360 rockets at Israel during the conflict, and the Iron Dome shot down 90 percent of those within range, according to Israeli officials.
“The United States’ commitment to the security of our friend and ally Israel is unwavering,” DeLauro said in a statement on Wednesday. “The resupply of the interceptors used to protect Israel from attack is our legal and moral responsibility. “
Far-left Democrats, including members of the “Squad,” successfully pressured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to withdraw military aid to Israel from a bill aimed at keeping the federal government open after September 30.
Although moderate Democrats opposed cutting funding for the bill, Pelosi was forced to withdraw the measure given her party’s tight grip in the House.
In doing so, House Democrats were successful in forcing the short-term funding measure to prevent a government shutdown and avoid a default on a 220-211 vote.
But the tactic drew fire from moderate Democrats and Republicans.
“Iron Dome is a purely defensive system – it protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are fired at population centers,” Michigan Representative Elissa Slotkin said on Twitter on Tuesday. “Whatever your take on the Israeli-Pal[estinian] conflict, the use of a system that has just saved hundreds if not thousands of lives as political gossip is problematic. “
Minority parliamentary leader Kevin McCarthy posted on Twitter a photo of a bipartisan delegation posing in front of an Iron Dome battery in Israel on Wednesday.
“Two years ago – 70 Republicans and Democrats stood in front of an Iron Dome defense battery in Israel,” the post read. “For Repubs, it’s a reminder that we will always stand by Israel’s side.”
“For Dems, it was apparently nothing more than a photoshoot,” he continued. “Yesterday, each of them voted against funding for the Iron Dome.”
Ms. DeLauro initially pledged to include Iron Dome funding in the year-end loan program. But as pressure to restore funding increased, the Democratic House leadership promised a more timely vote on the measure.
“While this funding would normally be included in a year-end spending program, we are now advancing this legislation to demonstrate the bipartisan commitment of Congress to Israel’s security as part of a Middle East with Peace. sustainable, ”said Ms. DeLauro.