According to reports, House Democrats have removed a provision to provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome defense system from the ongoing resolution to avoid a government shutdown beyond September 30.
The far-left members leading this effort have been Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cannot have any opposition in her party if she hopes to pass anything due to her thin majority in the House.
“[House Democrats’] funding bill hit a last-minute snag after a group of House progressives revolted over the funding it would’ve provided for the Pentagon to help replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system,” reported Politico. “Democratic leaders stripped that provision from the measure just minutes before a procedural vote after pushback from their left flank.”
Politico added that, according to an Appropriations Committee spokesperson, the Iron Dome funding will instead be included in the annual defense bill.
According to the Daily Mail, those who opposed the funding for the defensive Iron Dome system “includes progressive Democrats who signed a resolution in May aimed at blocking a $735 [million] weapons sale to Israel during deadly violence between Israel and Hamas.”
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