Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCitizens United still undermines democracy; here’s why GOP prepares release of funding bill to avoid shutdown McConnell: We'll repeal ObamaCare on day one MORE (R-Ky.) said Republicans would introduce their own legislation to provide emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.
“Republicans are united in support of our ally Israel,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday. “We can help Israel defend its civilian population against indiscriminate attacks.”
"We have legislation that would allow Congress to meet the [Defense] Secretary’s request," McConnell said. "And we hope our friends on the other side will join us in coming to a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly."
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Overnight Cybersecurity: Last-ditch effort to stop expanded hacking powers fails Intel Dems push for info on Russia and election be declassified MORE (D-Md.) introduced an emergency spending bill on Wednesday that included funding for the border crisis, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system and wildfire relief.
Republicans have pushed back against the border funding proposal and criticized Democrats for pairing it with Israel’s Iron Dome, which they do support.
Israel has come under heavy fire from Hamas rockets and has launched a ground offensive in Gaza to destroy tunnels used by Hamas.