DeLauro Introduces Iron Dome Supplemental
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today introduced a supplemental appropriations bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
The legislation provides $1 billion to replace missile interceptors that were used to protect Israeli civilians from Hamas rockets during heavy fighting in May.
The funding is consistent with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel, which commits the United States to providing additional assistance to replenish the Iron Dome after periods of fighting to allow Israel to continue to defend itself from attack.
“The United States’ commitment to the security of our friend and ally Israel is ironclad. Replenishing interceptors used to protect Israel from attacks is our legal and moral responsibility,” Chair DeLauro said. “While this funding would ordinarily be included in a year-end spending package, we are advancing this legislation now to demonstrate Congress’ bipartisan commitment to Israel’s security as part of a Middle East with lasting peace.”
The Iron Dome Supplemental complements the extension of $500 million in annual funding for Israeli Cooperative Programs, which was included in the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act that passed the House yesterday with the support of all House Democrats.
The text of the legislation, H.R. 5323, is here.