BREAKING: House dems vote against emergency funding for Israel’s iron dome

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In an overwhelming vote, Democrats in the House voted against emergency funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and other security programs.

Democrats voted against Rep. Tony Gonzales’ (R-TX) motion to recommit, which would have provided emergency funding for the Israeli Iron Dome and other defense programs. It would have been additional to the $3.8 billion the United States already provides for security assistance to Israel every year. According to House spokesperson Mark Bednar, financial assistance to Israel “has historically been supported on a bipartisan basis.”

Gonzales called for $500 million to be allotted missile defense cooperation. $73 million was meant for the Iron Dome, $177 million for Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense, $77 million for upper-tier missile defense, and finally $173 million for improvements to Arrow I and Arrow II programs.

The final vote was 218 to 209, exactly down party lines.