WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), and Lead Republican of the Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following joint statement after Democrats rejected Leader McCarthy’s unanimous consent request to provide funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system:
“Earlier this year, Hamas fired more than 4,000 rockets from Gaza into Israel, attacking Israeli citizens and civilian targets. Israel’s lifesaving Iron Dome defense system intercepted most of this deadly barrage, saving countless innocent lives on both sides, but Israel remains in constant danger from terrorists.
“Israel’s government has requested $1 billion from the United States to replenish Iron Dome supplies and equipment. To maintain our enduring commitment to their right to self-defense, protect civilians, and deter future attacks, our bill sought to meet their request. But today, House Democrats refused to even consider it for debate.
“By blocking funding to resupply the Iron Dome, Democrats made the choice to abandon an opportunity to stand with Israel and its citizens. This comes as a prominent member of their caucus, who has a history of anti-Semitic remarks, refuses to apologize for her comments comparing Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, two terrorist organizations.
“Israel’s Iron Dome defense system is critical for protecting Israelis from terrorist attacks launched by Hamas and other enemies. House Republicans will continue to stand with Israel and push to resupply the Iron Dome.”