Democrats to cut $1B for Israel defense to avoid shutdown
House Democrats will remove a provision to bolster Israel’s Iron Home air defense system to avoid a federal government shutdown through Dec. 3.
Congress must act within a few days to avert a shutdown when current funding expires at the end of the month.
Not all Democrats were on board with the decision.
“The Iron Dome protects innocent civilians in Israel from terrorist attacks and some of my colleagues have now blocked funding it,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) tweeted. “We must stand by our historic ally — the only democracy in the Middle East.”
The kerfuffle comes as moderate and progressive Democrats are at odds over President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package.