Senate passes Iron Dome funding

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) got unanimous consent in the Senate Friday for legislation to give Israel emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.
 
“This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
 

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Israel has been battling the terrorist group Hamas for weeks and the conflict continued Friday after Hamas broke the latest cease-fire agreement.
 
“We are with the Israelis, because if they don’t have the Iron Dome, they can’t defend themselves,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday.
 
The Pentagon requested $225 million to replenish Israel’s missiles used to intercept rocket attacks from Hamas.
 
Senate passage of that emergency spending measure now sends the bill to the House.
 
“They’re running out of Iron Dome missiles to protect themselves,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. “We are with you. Here are the missiles.”
 
Reid tried to get agreement for this spending measure on Thursday, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected.

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