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Democrat to bring Iron Dome bill before US Senate today for fast-tracked approval

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Democratic US Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, December 3, 2019, in Washington, on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/ Alex Brandon)
Democratic US Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, December 3, 2019, in Washington, on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/ Alex Brandon)

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez will formally request the US Senate’s unanimous consent approval of pending appropriations legislation for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system later today, his office says.

Approving the legislation, advanced overwhelmingly in the House earlier this month, would fast-track the bill for the US president’s approval.

Even if the unanimous consent resolution is blocked, the $1 billion in funding is almost certain to pass overwhelmingly in a subsequent floor vote, as was the case in the House.

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