Senate, House Set to Vote on Border Security Funding Bill; Mitch McConnell Comments

CongressThe House of Representatives could meet this week to vote on an emergency spending bill designed to address migration issues on the U.S. southern border, Defense News reported Tuesday.

John Bennett writes that a senior House aide said the bill does not contain a budget allocation for Israel’s anti-rocket platform Iron Dome.

The Senate introduced a $3.5 billion emergency spending legislation that includes $225 million in funding for the Israeli missile defense system and is slated to vote on the measure this week, according to Defense News.

“Republicans are united in support of our ally Israel,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday, according to the publication.

“And we hope our friends on the other side will join us in coming to a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly,” McConnell added.

Bennett reports that McConnell has proposed introducing a stand-alone Iron Dome funding bill that could gain support in both the Senate and House.

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