Sep 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House approves $1 billion in funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense system

A streak of light appears as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip on May 18. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

The House voted Thursday to approve $1 billion in funding to Israel's Iron Dome defense system via a stand-alone bill, days after the provision was removed from a short-term government funding bill because of backlash from progressive lawmakers.

State of play: Several progressive members had threatened to vote against the short-term funding bill, which also includes language to raise the debt ceiling. The clash surrounding the measure underscored the deep divisions in the Democratic Party over Israel.

The big picture: The House approved the separate bill Thursday, which provides funding to replace missile interceptors that Israel used during the conflict in Gaza this summer, CNN reports.

  • It is unclear when the bill might get a vote in the Senate.

The separate bill garnered criticism from some progressive lawmakers.

  • "Given the human rights violations in Gaza, Sheikh Jarrah, and ever-growing settlement expansion, we should not be ramming through a last-minute $1 billion increase in military funding for Israel without any accountability" Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted Thursday.
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