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House Passes $1 Billion For Israel’s “Iron Dome” After Tense Feud Between Democrats

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 23, 2021

Topline

An overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House voted Thursday to pass $1 billion in funding for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system days after progressives succeeded in getting the funds stripped from a temporary government funding bill.

Key Facts

The bill passed 420-9-2, with Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), André Carson (D-Ind.), Marie Newman (D-Ill.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.) voting against it.

Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) voted “present.”

The development came after Republicans and moderate Democrats alike erupted at progressives for getting the funds stripped from a stopgap funding bill that passed the House on Tuesday.

Tlaib, one of the most prominent Israel critics in the House, argued in a floor speech ahead of the vote the funding would “enable war crimes, human rights abuses and violence.”

Tlaib’s comments drew rebukes from colleagues in both parties, with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) declaring in a floor speech after Tlaib’s, “If you believe in human rights, if you believe in saving lives… then you will support this legislation.”

Deutch and Reps. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) all accused Tlaib of anti-Semitism in their floor speeches.

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