Congress to continue funding „Iron Dome” as emergency spending

The leader of the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced legislation on Wednesday to provide $1 billion to Israel to replenish its „Iron Dome” missile-defence system, a day after the funding was removed from a broader spending bill.‘ reports The Jerusalem Post.

With the majority of the House of Democrats expressing that they will vote against the broad spending bill and the Republicans lining up in opposition, the plan to fund the federal government above the nation’s borrowing limit is in jeopardy.

Due to the removal of the funding from the broader spending bill, Republicans labelled the Democrats as anti-Israel, despite the long-standing moral and financial support of the Jewish state by the US Congress. According to a Congressional Research Service report from last year, the US has already supported the development of the Iron Dome system with $1.6 billion.

The Palestinian casualties from the Israeli response to the Hamas rocket attacks in May also raised concern among Democrats regarding the US-Israel policy, as most of the rockets fired during the conflict were destroyed by Iron Dome interceptors.

The bill providing $1 billion to replace the interceptors was introduced on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, and will be brought to the House of Representatives in a few days.