House Passes H.R. 6126, The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives met to consider H.R. 6126, The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act. The measure, which was introduced by Chairwoman Kay Granger and cosponsored by Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart, and nearly 100 other Members, was approved by the House with a vote of 226 to 196.
The bill provides $14.3 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations – fully offset – to provide military assistance to our great ally Israel and ensure the safe return of American citizens impacted by the attacks on Israel.
On October 7th, Hamas carried out an unprovoked terrorist attack on the people of Israel. The conflict has resulted in thousands injured or killed, and over 200 people are still held hostage by Hamas.
Additional funding is needed to support Israel’s right to defend itself.
The House strongly condemned Hamas’ acts of terrorism by passing H.Res. 771 and will continue to stand with our great ally Israel, especially in the midst of unprovoked attacks.
"Earlier this month, we saw Hamas carry out its evil attack on the Israeli people,” said House Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Granger in her opening remarks. "Now more than ever, we must stand firm with our great ally and do all we can to ensure Israel has what it needs to defend itself. The bill before us provides $14.3 billion in emergency funding for much-needed military assistance."
"Israel is at war. Hamas continues to launch rockets at Israel, and they still hold hundreds of hostages. Israel must respond to this unprovoked attack on its people, defend itself, and fight to prevent future attacks. The United States will stand with them," said Defense Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert during floor debate.
"Hamas declared, 'We must teach Israel a lesson and we will do this again and again.' And the Hamas charter calls for Israel to be obliterated," said State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart during Rules Committee consideration. "We must take them at their word and help Israel. That’s what this legislation being considered today does."
The Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act
Military and Security Assistance
- Reinforces Israeli defense systems by:
- Providing $4 billion to replenish Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems;
- Allocating $1.2 billion for the Iron Beam defense system to counter short-range rockets and mortar threats;
- Funding $3.5 billion for the procurement of advanced weapons systems, defense articles, and defense services through the Foreign Military Financing Program; and
- Providing $1 billion to enhance production and development of artillery and critical munitions.
- Ensures our support for Israel does not compromise U.S. readiness by:
- Providing $4.4 billion to replenish defense articles and defense services provided to Israel.
U.S. Personnel and Citizen Support
- Provides $200 million for the protection of U.S. personnel and evacuations of U.S. citizens, including:
- $150 million for enhanced embassy security and protection for U.S. personnel; and
- $50 million for emergency evacuations of American citizens.
Bill text is available here.