Senate approves $225 million for Israeli 'Iron Dome' system
Friday, August 01, 2014 - 00:42
The U.S. Senate unanimously passes legislation for Israel's 'Iron Dome' missile defense system. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Friday to provide $225 million in emergency funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system.
An earlier version of the funding plan had failed the previous day when Senate Republicans blocked a broader spending bill that was largely intended to provide money to handle the current immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
But lawmakers reached an agreement overnight to pass the missile funding measure.
To become law, the funding plan must still pass the House of Representatives and be signed by President Barack Obama. Given U.S. lawmakers' traditionally strong support for Israel, it is not expected to encounter significant resistance in the House.
Israel's Iron Dome missile interceptor system, which was partly funded by the United States, has shot down most of the rockets fired at its cities by militants in Gaza during the current three-week conflict.
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