Senate passes Iron Dome funding

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidNearly 400 House bills stuck in Senate limbo Puerto Rico debt relief faces serious challenges in Senate McCain files B amendment to boost defense spending MORE (D-Nev.) got unanimous consent in the Senate Friday for legislation to give Israel emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.
 
“This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
 

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Israel has been battling the terrorist group Hamas for weeks and the conflict continued Friday after Hamas broke the latest cease-fire agreement.
 
“We are with the Israelis, because if they don’t have the Iron Dome, they can’t defend themselves,” Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump should apologize to heroic POWs McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels MORE (R-Ariz.) said Friday.
 
The Pentagon requested $225 million to replenish Israel’s missiles used to intercept rocket attacks from Hamas.
 
Senate passage of that emergency spending measure now sends the bill to the House.
 
“They’re running out of Iron Dome missiles to protect themselves,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) said. “We are with you. Here are the missiles.”
 
Reid tried to get agreement for this spending measure on Thursday, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected.

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