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US House okays Iron Dome funding in 420-9 vote after delay caused by ‘Squad’

Iron dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to Israel, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, May 19, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Iron dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip to Israel, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, May 19, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The US House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to pass the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, which will send an additional $1 billion in funding for Israel’s missile defense system.

HR 5323 passes with 420 votes in favor while eight Democrats — Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Cori Bush of Missouri, Andre Carson of Indiana, Marie Newman of Illinois, Jesus Garcia of Illinois and Raul Grivalva of Arizona — and one Republican, Representative Tom Massie of Kentucky, vote no.

Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Hank Johnson of Georgia are the lone lawmakers to vote “present.”

The Senate has yet to schedule a vote on the legislation needed for it to become a law.

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