House Democrats will remove a provision originally included in a bill that would have helped boost Israel's Iron Dome 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 DeLauroRosa DeLauroWhich proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Proposals to reform supports for parents face chopping block On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE (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 GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerModerates split over climate plans in Democrats' spending package Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle Democrats downplay deadlines on Biden's broad spending plan MORE (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."
The snag over Iron Dome funding comes as Democratic centrists and progressives are at odds over the timing and scope of President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE's infrastructure agenda. Moderates demanded a pledge from Democratic leaders last month to hold a vote by next Monday on the $1.2 trillion Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill to invest in roads, bridges and broadband initiatives.
But progressives have threatened to tank that bill if the larger, $3.5 trillion "human" infrastructure package to invest in social safety net programs such as child care and expanded Medicare benefits isn't completed by then. That bill is being considered under the budget reconciliation process, which will allow Democrats to circumvent a GOP filibuster in the Senate.
The stopgap measure set for a vote later Tuesday would keep the government funded through Dec. 3, meaning that lawmakers will still have to complete work on long-term spending bills for the fiscal year.
The bill would also suspend the debt limit through December 2022. Republicans have vowed to oppose any measure to suspend the debt limit as a form of protest against Democrats' reconciliation bill and argue the issue should be resolved without their help, even though they say they don't want the nation to default on its debt obligations.
The bill to keep the government funded and suspend the debt limit also includes $28.6 billion to address recent natural disasters, such as Hurricane Ida, which left damage in its wake in Louisiana and up the East Coast.
The move may draw the support of some GOP lawmakers, but two Louisiana Republicans who serve in House leadership — Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — US cracks down on tools for foreign hacking House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure MORE and Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonOvernight Defense & National Security — Pentagon officials get grilling from House House lawmakers press Pentagon over Afghanistan withdrawal House passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit MORE — are urging their party to oppose the bill when it hits the floor later on Tuesday.
A notice from House GOP leadership to Republican lawmakers states that "Republicans will not aid the Democrats in their socialist tax and spending spree."
Democrats point to the fact that they supported measures to suspend the debt limit while former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE was in office and argue that Republicans should work to avoid a debt default on a bipartisan basis as they have in the past.
Mike Lillis contributed.
Updated 2:14 p.m.