The push to remove funding for Israeli defense from the stopgap spending bill reportedly comes from Squad members Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
* The stopgap spending bill was supposed to keep the government funded and running through 2022 with a provision to suspend the debt ceiling
* The progressive lawmakers took issue with funds for Israel’s defense
* Republican lawmakers are already lambasting Democrats for the abrupt call
* House Democrats are still aiming to get the bill to the floor later today
House Democrats removed a provision to give Israel $1 billion toward its Iron Dome defense system from the continuing resolution to keep the government open and funded past September 30 after opposition from the Squad. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are leading the blockade, according to Politico.
Funding for the Iron Dome will instead be included in Congress’ bipartisan fiscal year 2022 defense bill, House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro said on Tuesday.
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Update #1: Democrats yank $1B for Israeli missile defense from doomed shutdown and debt patch (Politico)
Update #2: Democrats to nix $1B for Israel’s Iron Dome from bill to avert shutdown (The Hill)
WNU Editor: This breaks a promise that President Biden had made to Israel that the U.S. would replace the Iron Dome missiles that were used to intercept Hamas rockets in May …. $1B Iron Dome fund stripped from new continuing resolution (Defense News).