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House approves $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system Updated: 2021-09-24 06:40:03 KST

The U.S. House of Representative on Thursday, approved a bill to provide funding for Israel's Iron Dome after it was initially removed from a separate bill to prevent a government shutdown.
The massive one billion dollar in funding for the aerial defense system had been included in the must-pass legislation that the House brought up earlier in the week,. but the provision was removed from the final version to appease a group of progressives who argued they would sink the legislation unless that funding was struck from it.
The bill was easily passed 420 to 9, with eight Democrats and one Republican voting against the bill.
As of last November, the U.S. had provided 1.6 billion dollars to Israel for the Iron Dome, including funding for its batteries, interceptors, co-production costs and general maintenance.
The latest funding would be specifically used to replace missile interceptors that were used during heavy clashes with Hamas in May.
The funding is also consistent with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the two allies, which commits the U.S. to providing additional assistance to replenish the Iron Dome after periods of fighting, in order to allow Israel to continue to defend itself from attacks.
However, the bill now goes to the Senate, where it's still unclear when it will get a vote.
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