According to Army Technology, “Iron Dome provides defence[sic] against short-range missiles and rockets which pose a threat to the civilian population,” such as those shot from Gaza earlier this year.
Due to there not being enough votes to transfer the CR as a result of forces from far-left Democrats, a Politico reporter claimed that House Democrats were obliged to raise the Iron Dome provisions to enact the measure.
Before the provisions were taken out, reports confirmed that far-left Democrats told the Democrat leadership they would not vote for the bill if it added the $1 billion funding for the Iron Dome, which caused the Rules Committee to go into suspension.
The CR has been updated with the Iron Dome provision taken out.
The far-left members driving this work have been Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cannot have any opposition in her party if she hopes to pass anything due to her thin majority in the House.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the head of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus, will reportedly meet with Pelosi on Tuesday.
There was funding in the bill to replace the missiles used from the Iron Done in May from the Hamas attack on the Jewish state. Bloomberg reported the Defense Department asked in a classified supplemental request of $1 billion.
The Iron Dome money, which Israel sees as extremely crucial for its protection from rocket attacks, will be covered in the annual defense funding bill instead, according to an Appropriations Committee spokesperson.
"There is no interruption in funding for the Iron Dome," Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro said as the Rules Committee resumed prepping the package for a floor vote on Tuesday afternoon. "We are trying to make this seamless."
But the episode resurfaced the long-simmering internal stress among Democrats when it comes to supporting a longtime U.S. ally in the Middle East. And it comes as Republicans have already attempted to represent the majority party as anti-Israel due to progressives’ long-standing uncertainty of the U.S.-Israel security relationship.
Republicans have already said they intend to decline the funding package, which includes $28.6 billion in disaster aid — including for storm-battered red states — as well as $6.3 billion in funding for Afghan refugees and an extension of federal cash to keep the government open through Dec. 3. Democrats, keen for a messaging win, are tying that package to a measure that would hit pause on an approaching debt cliff through the 2022 midterms.