Democratic party leadership in the US House of representatives blocked $1 billion for the Iron Dome.

 PM Naftali Bennett at a situation assessment tour of the Gaza Division at the Iron Dome battery, August 17, 2021 (photo credit: KOBI GIDON / GPO)

Democratic Party leadership in the US House of Representatives removed about $1 billion of funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system on Tuesday.The revision came after progressives in the party refused to vote for the broader bill in which the Iron Dome funding was included.The progressive Democrats blocking the Iron Dome funding are among those who pushed to block arms to Israel during Operation Guardian of the Wall in May, according to Politico. That move was led by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.The Democrats could not get the bill passed without the progressives, because Republicans would not vote for the bill, either, citing the debt ceiling as its reason. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “the debt ceiling will be raised… by the Democrats.”

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