H.J.Res. 76

Making an emergency supplemental appropriation for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, to provide funding to Israel for the Iron Dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats

Committee
Appropriations

Date
August 1, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Emily Leviner

Floor Situation

On Friday, August 1, 2014, the House will consider the Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 76, A bill making an emergency supplemental appropriation for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, to provide funding to Israel for the Iron Dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats.  The Substitute Amendment was added to H.J.Res. 76, an unrelated bill originally introduced by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen that previously passed the House.

Bill Summary

The Senate Amendment to H.J.Res. 76 appropriates $225 million in supplemental emergency funding for the remainder of FY2014, to provide additional funding to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system to counter short-range rocket threats.  Any funds that remain unobligated at the end of FY2014 will remain available until September 30, 2015.

Background

“In order to counter rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, or the Sinai Peninsula, Israel has developed a short-range anti-rocket system, dubbed ‘Iron Dome.’  Iron Dome is designed to intercept very short-range rocket threats between two and forty-five miles.  Iron Dome’s selective targeting system and radar are designed to fire its Tamir interceptors only at incoming projectiles that pose threats to population centers . . . .”[1]  According to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has been a key component of Israel’s security during [the current rocket fire by Hamas], intercepting these missiles with a 90 percent success rate.”[2]

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[1] Jeremy M. Sharp, U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel, Congressional Research Service (Apr. 11, 2014) at 9.
[2] House Foreign Affairs Committee: Backgrounder: Israel Under Attack.

Additional Information

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