A group of House Democrats revolted today over funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, saying they wouldn’t vote for the bill to continue funding the government if it wasn’t removed:
Seems the "thing to resolve" is that a group of House progressives are threatening to vote against the bill if the $1 billion funding for Israel's Iron Dome is included. https://t.co/o53ittWOc0
— Kristin Wilson (@kristin__wilson) September 21, 2021
Here’s more from The Hill:
House Democrats will remove a provision originally included in a bill that would have helped to boost Israel’s Iron Home air defense system in order to keep the federal government funded through Dec. 3.
Democratic leaders are removing the provision from the bill, which was unveiled Tuesday morning, after some progressives objected, according to sources familiar with the last-minute snag.
Democrats are still planning to bring the legislation to the House floor later Tuesday. Congress must act within a matter of days to avoid a government shutdown when current funding expires at the end of this month.
A spokesperson for House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said that funding for the Iron Dome “will be included in the final, bipartisan and bicameral” defense funding bill later this year.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), a leading centrist, expressed frustration that the Iron Dome funding was being removed, but stopped short of threatening to vote against the bill.
“The Iron Dome protects innocent civilians in Israel from terrorist attacks and some of my colleagues have now blocked funding it,” Gottheimer tweeted. “We must stand by our historic ally — the only democracy in the Middle East.”
I’d bet money that AOC’s Squad was in the center of this group of ‘progressives’ that demanded this be removed. And you can bet they’ll pull the same crap in the ‘final’ bill too.
This just proves once again that the Democratic Party is becoming less and less pro-Israel as they become more socialist. Remember back in 2012 when they wanted to remove God from their platform? It’s pretty clear which direction this party is headed and it ain’t good.