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US House overwhelmingly advances Iron Dome funding initially scotched by ‘Squad’

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23.09.2021

The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation that will provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome missile defense system, days after the funding was removed from a government spending bill amid pressure from a small group of progressive lawmakers.

The Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act passed 420-9 with two Democrats, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Hank Johnson, effectively abstaining by voting “present.”

Eight Democrats — Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Andre Carson, Marie Newman, Jesus Garcia, Raul Grivalva — and one Republican, Rep. Tom Massie, voted against HR 5323.

A number of Republicans changed their votes after initially voting against the bill. Ocasio-Cortez, who together with Tlaib, Omar, Pressley and Bush form the so-called Squad, had initially voted against the legislation, but changed her vote to “present” at the last minute. She was reported to have been visibly shaken up after casting her final decision.

The bill will next need the Senate’s approval in order to pass, but the Upper House has yet to schedule a date for the vote.

If passed, the measure will earmark $1 billion in emergency aid for Israel to restock interceptor missiles for its Iron Dome anti-missile system, after they were depleted during May’s war with Hamas-led fighters in Gaza. The defense system has successfully intercepted thousands of rockets launched out of Gaza at Israeli towns over the last decade.

Israeli leaders lauded the........

© The Times of Israel


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