The bill was passed by popular vote with 420 votes to 9, eight for Democrats and one for Republicans. The bill will then be sent to the Senate, where leaders have yet to schedule a vote.
A number of progressive House Democrats, who accuse Israel of human rights abuses against Palestinians, have objected to the inclusion of the provision in the funding bill. They threatened passage of the bill, with Democrats controlling only the House, as Republicans opposed plans to fund the federal government through December 3 and raise the state’s borrowing limit.
The US House of Representatives then passed a broader bill on Tuesday. But the removal of Iron Dome funds angered the center group Parati Democrats and led Republicans to label the party anti-Israel, despite a long tradition in the US Congress that both parties are strong supporters of the Jewish state.
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House Democratic leaders immediately said they would introduce a standalone bill to provide Iron Dome funding.
Liberal Democrats have criticized US-Israel policies, saying there should be more attention to human rights issues such as Palestinian civilian casualties when Israel hit back after Hamas rocket attacks in May.
“We should also talk about the Palestinians’ need for protection against Israeli attacks,” Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib, an opponent of the funding, said during the debate.
The $1 billion Iron Dome funding bill is meant to replace the missile interceptors Israel used to ward off rockets fired from Gaza during the conflict last May.