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August 5, 2015

McConnell Seeks to Break Out Funding for Israel’s Iron Dome From Border Bill

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is introducing standalone legislation to provide funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The Kentucky Republican’s bill would meet a supplemental funding request from the Pentagon for $225 million for the program. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., included the funding in her much broader supplemental that would primarily address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant children entering the United States from Central America — but Republicans are balking at that $3.6 billion bill.

“Republicans are united in support of our ally Israel. We have legislation that would allow Congress to meet the Secretary’s request. And we hope our friends on the other side will join us in coming to a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly,” McConnell said in a floor speech. “As most senators know, the Iron Dome missile defense system has played a critical role in defending Israel’s population from the rocket attacks launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip.

“By passing a bipartisan measure to meet the secretary’s request, we can send a message to Hamas that its terrorist tactics and its attempts to terrorize Israel’s populace will not succeed,” he said.

Republicans aren’t happy that Mikulski’s bill would not make changes to a 2008 anti-trafficking law. The two parties remain far apart on the best way to address the immigration crisis. McConnell’s move allows Republicans to demonstrate that they are supportive of the requested funds for defense of Israel even if they oppose the broader package.

But it likely does not speak well to the prospects that the two sides will reach a deal.

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  1. Steffen Schmidt

    July 25, 2014
    7:18 a.m.

    The Repubs are “maroons!” Still neglecting Central America when it is close to home and falling apart.
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2014/07/25/united-states-neglecting-central-america-steffen-schmidt/13145237/

  2. Layla

    July 25, 2014
    9:39 a.m.

    The voters are planning on removing many from both sides. The “maroons” are equally represented among parties. However, the Democrats are going to take the bigger hit and it can’t come soon enough.

    “What difference does it make?”

    “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”.

    “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”.

    • Carroll Barber

      July 25, 2014
      10:44 a.m.

      @Layla: Excellent short list. I’m still reeling from his promise of: Transparency!

    • Kim Jong-Il

      July 27, 2014
      3:59 a.m.

      Don’t forget her most awesome quote, although it was about the jobs bill. “Each month 500 million Americans lose their jobs”

  3. Andre Leonard

    July 25, 2014
    9:42 a.m.

    This is really sad. Israel is already using $3.7 billion a year in American foreign aid to kill her neighbors. I’m offended that we’re even considering doing this.

    • Layla

      July 25, 2014
      2:28 p.m.

      Who started this? Refresh my memory…

      • pitch1934

        July 25, 2014
        8:37 p.m.

        Well, let’s see, the Christians excoriated both the Jews and Muslims in the middle centuries. Exactly how were the Jews dispossessed from Israel anyhow?

      • Andre Leonard

        July 26, 2014
        1:13 a.m.

        I’m not sure Layla, what makes me uneasy is the $3.7 billion a year in foreign aid Israel gets from America. In addition to the American supplied weapons used to kill others.

        We have got to get this big kid off the American taxpayers teat.

        • Kim Jong-Il

          July 27, 2014
          4:02 a.m.

          Do you realize the vast majority of that money in reinvested in American companies?
          Doesn’t this pale in comparison to the $11 billion we just gave the Muslim Brotherhood (Qatar)?
          Is there anything rattling around in that skull of yours?

          • Andre Leonard

            July 27, 2014
            10:53 a.m.

            If you’re to be believed and that’s difficult because your hiding behind the persona of another tyrant Kim Jong, then playing and funding every side against the middle is okay.

            You started to make a point but then had to succumb to name calling which places you right there with your alter-ego Kim Jong.

            Your posts follow a familiar trail to this link.

            http://asheepnomore.net/2014/02/27/yes-paid-government-trolls-social-media-blogs-forums-websites/

        • Layla

          July 28, 2014
          5:23 p.m.

          Hamas started it, Andre. We give far more than that to the other Arab countries in the middle east. LOOK IT UP.

  4. ARMSTROB

    July 25, 2014
    2:15 p.m.

    American Jews vote 75-80% Democrat so lets see the Dems write and get this bill passed. Then maybe Israel will stop carrying water for the Dems.and acknowledge what the Reps. especially conservatives do for Israel when the progressives won’t.

  5. Cindy Lemmond Siko

    July 25, 2014
    3:31 p.m.

    I don’t want any of my tax dollars going to kill innocent children. No matter who is at fault, the insanity needs to stop NOW!

    • Susan Charlene

      July 25, 2014
      6:10 p.m.

      Which kids are you referring to? There are thousands dying daily all around the world at the hands of terrorists.

      They are hundreds dying in mexico trying to get here to the states. Many are raped and beaten on the way up.

    • Harish Raj

      July 25, 2014
      6:13 p.m.

      u wldnt talk like this if u lived in Israel..imagine being surrounded by muslim countries and terrorists r always targetting u and launching rockets bcoz u r a jew ? !!..u seem to be old enough to understand all this..Israel is trying to survive and their strength needs to be appreciated..hamas is a terrorist organisation using the civilians as a shield to protect themselves

    • Layla

      July 25, 2014
      8:20 p.m.

      Then you’re going to need a President with courage and leadership skills and we don’t have that now. Your president is fundraising and on the golf course.

    • Kim Jong-Il

      July 27, 2014
      4:05 a.m.

      OK, so why weren’t you crying about the war in Iraq? What about the ones that get killed accidentally by our police every day? Seems to me you’re just trying to justify your swastika tattoo.

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    July 27, 2014
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    Why the F should we be funding Israel’s war? We have the most idiotic politicians since time began. Get rid of them. We do not need to find Israels dome project. Screw them.

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