Republicans call for ‘clean’ Iron Dome funding bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes Senate votes to block financial adviser rule Reid defends embattled VA secretary MORE (R-Ky.) lead a group of Republicans on Tuesday in discussing Israel’s security efforts against Hamas.

“Republicans are united in our support of Israel’s defense, and this morning my colleagues will explain our opposition to any effort to force a ceasefire on Israel that does not further its security objectives,” McConnell said. “Israel’s right to defend itself should be affirmed.”

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The Pentagon has asked for $225 million in emergency funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Senate Democrats are trying to pass a bill with that funding, but it has been lumped in with border security funding as well.

McConnell has criticized Democrats for not bringing up a “clean” funding bill just for Israel since it has broad bipartisan support.

“Secretary Hagel wrote to the Majority Leader seeking urgent funding for components of the Iron Dome missile defense system,” McConnell said. “I support this request, as Iron Dome has afforded Israel some protection from indiscriminate rockets.”

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRomney should endorse Clinton Graham: I'm still not supporting Trump North Korean official calls Trump idea of meeting 'nonsense' MORE (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump wins Washington state primary Overnight Cybersecurity: House to offer bill on government hacking powers Overnight Tech: Rubio, Cruz take up internet domain fight MORE (R-Texas) joined McConnell on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying a bill to help protect Israel would pass in a matter of minutes.

“We don’t need to marry it up with controversial topics,” Graham said. “Pass war appropriations for Iron Dome because it’s the right thing to do.”

The Republicans also blasted the U.N. Human Rights Council for supporting the Palestinian Authority, which has formed a unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization.

Israel has come under heavy fire from Hamas rockets and has launched a ground offensive in Gaza to destroy tunnels used by Hamas. 

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