The US Congress passes a billion-dollar bill to fund Iron Dome
New York (USA) – Quds Press Service
Thursday, September 23, 2021 – 19:23 PM
The US House of Representatives (Congress) on Thursday approved a bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system, amounting to one billion US dollars.
According to the American network “CNN”; The bill will be passed to the Senate for a vote, but no date has yet been set.
The leader of the Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, said Wednesday that Congress will vote “before the end of the week” on a bill that includes funding for the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, in response to the sharp controversy raised by Democrats withdrawing this funding from the project. Another law.
On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers withdrew $1 billion in military funding to the Israeli occupation army from a bill to fund the US government after objections from the party’s left wing.
The majority leader confirmed that he intends to put “to a vote before the end of this week a bill that will fully finance Iron Dome,” using a mechanism that requires that it be approved by a two-thirds majority of the members present or by a unanimous oral vote, according to the American “Al-Hurra” channel.
He pointed out that after it is passed in the House of Representatives, the text must be approved by the Senate to be referred to President Joe Biden, for his signature and making it into law. Hoyer emphasized that the president and all Democratic leaders agreed with him.
The party leaders had sought, after the withdrawal of the project, to confirm that the financing of “Iron Dome” would be, but within the annual budget bill of the US Department of Defense.
A congressional aide told The Times of Israel that the Iron Dome funding would eventually be approved, but appended to the 2022 defense appropriations bill.
While the Hebrew “Walla” website stated that the Democrats’ position came just hours before the passage of the budget bill in Congress and against the backdrop of criticism of “Israel” policy in the West Bank and Gaza.
He added, “This is a rare event in which the US Congress does not agree to help (Israel) for defensive purposes.”
The Democrats’ decision was widely criticized by Republican members of Congress, according to the same source.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has previously pledged on more than one occasion to supply the Israeli “Iron Dome” with ammunition.
Last year, Washington granted the Israeli occupation financial aid amounting to $3.8 billion, as part of a long-term annual commitment, as part of an agreement signed by former US President Barack Obama in 2016, granting Tel Aviv an aid package of $38 billion over 10 years. All are designated for military purposes.
Tel Aviv will obtain from Washington the Tamir interceptor missiles used in the “Iron Dome” system, and the price of each missile is 50 thousand dollars.
During the war waged by the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip between May 10 and 21, it used large quantities of Iron Dome anti-missile missiles to counter the shells fired by Palestinian factions from the Gaza Strip into Israeli areas.
The recent Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip caused the death of 260 Palestinians, including about 129 civilians, including 66 children, in addition to extensive destruction of housing units and infrastructure.