Key Congressional Committees Advance U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Funds
AIPAC commends the House Appropriations Committee and the House and Senate Armed Services Committees for advancing U.S.-Israel missile defense assistance and cooperation in the 2018 defense appropriations and authorizations bills. These funds will help Israel defend its citizens against rocket and missile threats, and contribute to America’s missile defense programs.
These committees provided a total of $705 million for research and development and procurement funding for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense systems. This funding represents a $558 million increase above the president’s budget request for these programs, and $105 million over last year’s adopted funding level. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to consider its version of the defense bill later this year.
AIPAC commends the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peter Visclosky (D-IN), House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-TN), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), and Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairwoman Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Ranking Member Joe Donnelly (D-IN)—who ensured that these critical programs were included.
As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the Fiscal Year 2018 defense authorization and appropriations bills.