House Passes Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act
The House today passed H.R. 5323, on a 420 to 9 vote, the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, which replenishes 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 purely defensive Iron Dome after periods of fighting to allow Israel to continue to defend itself from attack.
“The United States has long been committed to the objective of a two-state-solution: Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side in a lasting peace. The legislation ensures that Israel can fully defend all its citizens and, coupled with the funding provided in the 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill for the humanitarian and development needs of the Palestinian people, furthers the cause of peace,” Chair DeLauro said. “This bill demonstrates that Congress’ commitment to our friend and ally Israel is bipartisan and ironclad. It fulfills our moral imperative to protect the lives of innocent civilians and helps build the foundations for peace.”
The text of the legislation, H.R. 5323, is here.