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House Democratic Leaders on Tuesday removed $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system from an urgent spending bill that would halt a government shutdown after protests by progressive lawmakers.

Earlier this year the money used to refill Israel’s Iron Dome system after the conflict with Gaza was removed after a group of left-wing Democrats threatened to vote against a resolution that Will keep the government funded in early December. And that includes language for raising the $28 trillion loan limit.


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The $1 billion in funding will be added to the annual defense funding bill later this year, according to House Rules Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass.

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The division over Iron Dome money reflects the growing controversy in the country Democratic Party on relations with America IsraelReps. Along with progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., and Ayana Pressley, D-Mass., urging President Biden To take a tough stance, including conditioning the billions of aid provided to Israel.

Biden promised the US would replenish Israel’s Iron Dome defense system as Iran seeks to become a nuclear power, during a meeting with the new Israeli prime minister last month. Naftali Bennett.

Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley did not respond when Granthshala News asked if they were part of the resistance against Iron Dome funding.

Moderate Democrats denounced the decision to reduce funding for the year-end appropriations package.

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“The Iron Dome is a purely *defensive* system – it protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are fired at population centers,” tweeted Rep. Alyssa Slotkin, D-Mich. “Whatever your views on the Israel-Pal conflict, using a system that has saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives as a political chit is problematic.”

“Earlier this year, Hamas fired thousands of missiles at Israel and led a violent campaign against Israeli civilians. The Iron Dome – which has long been bipartisan – proved Israel’s best line of defense from these attacks and saved thousands of innocent lives,” Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Vis.

Gallagher said, “It is utterly shameful that Speaker Pelosi lambasted radical, anti-Israeli elements within his caucus and took away funding from an ongoing proposal for this important system. Speaker Pelosi apparently no longer runs his caucus. The squad does,” Gallagher said.

Although the House is expected to pass the funding measure on a party-line basis on Tuesday, Senate Republicans have vowed to block the bill in the upper house, where 46 GOP lawmakers have called for any legislation to be suspended or debt. Has promised to increase the limit.

Democrats would need to secure the support of at least 10 GOP lawmakers in the Senate to defeat a filibuster.

“We will not support legislation raising the debt limit,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday. Democratic leaders announced they would link the debt limit measure to the short-term spending bill. “Democrats don’t need our help.”

The fight to raise the government’s borrowing limit carries huge risks to the broader economy: With debt totaling $28.5 trillion, the government will be forced to reduce federal aid programs unless the cap is suspended or removed. Is.

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Biden has argued that Democrats joined with three-time GOP lawmakers trump administration to suspend limits, and that the rising deficit is due in large part to approved spending under his predecessor, including the $900 billion coronavirus relief package that lawmakers approved last December. He argued that the broad do And the spending package Democrats are still preparing will be fully paid for.

“This is a bipartisan responsibility, as was the case under my predecessor,” Biden tweeted Monday. “Blocking it would be unforgivable.”

The Treasury Department began implementing so-called extraordinary measures to keep the government running after a debt limit of about $22 trillion was restored in August – about $6 trillion less than the actual level. treasurer Janet Yellen has told Congress that the federal government will run out of cash to pay its bills in October.

Without Congressional action, the US could default on its debt sometime in October, potentially “economic disaster,” Yellen said in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Granthshala News’ Kelly Fares contributed to this report