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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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