Thursday
September
18
2014
10:50 pm
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel
July 29, 2014, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

As the Gaza war escalates, Israel is proving to be among the few subjects uniting lawmakers. Members of both parties have introduced legislation backing the Jewish state, condemning the Palestinian militant group Hamas and seeking a tougher Iran policy. Iron Dome is the priority, but the House and Senate are at odds over process.

No money for Israel is included in a larger House spending bill focused on border security, Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., the Appropriations Committee chairman, said Tuesday. He said military support for Israel would be addressed separately, and senior congressional aides said that could happen this week.

The GOP-led House's approach is at odds with the Democratic-controlled Senate, which wants the Iron Dome money approved with border security and wildfire assistance in a single package before lawmakers take their break on Thursday or Friday.

Israel escalated its operations against Hamas on Tuesday as the conflict entered its fourth week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "prolonged" campaign.

Amid a daily barrage of Palestinian rocket fire, Iron Dome has been credited with knocking hundreds out of the sky. Even as the Obama administration presses for a cease-fire, it has backed Israel's request to replenish its missile defense stockpiles while it is fighting, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking Congress to approve the measure.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he supported Hagel's request because Iron Dome "has afforded Israel some protection from indiscriminate rockets."

McConnell has proposed a separate measure, and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signaled he would be open to it.

But McConnell, continuing a line of Republican criticism of the Obama administration, opposed efforts that he said would impose a cease-fire on Israel that doesn't meet its military objectives and rewards Hamas for a "campaign of terror."

"I support any effort which brings this campaign to an end in a manner that increases Israel's security," McConnell said Tuesday. "That means that Hamas cannot be left with a large stockpile of missiles and rockets, cannot be left with infiltration tunnels — they must be destroyed. Hamas cannot be allowed to aggressively rest, refit and build up weapons stockpiles."

House Republican aides said the Senate could deal with the Iron Dome funding as a freestanding bill that the House would easily approve. Reid could move as early as Wednesday to combine Iron Dome money with funds to combat Western wildfires.

There will be "strong bipartisan support for Iron Dome. There always has been in situation like this," said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

"Let's stop playing games," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., added. "It's a life or death struggle Israel faces."

The White House criticized Republicans for not including the new funding in the bigger spending bill.

"We're disappointed," press secretary Josh Earnest said.

 

 

Tags: israel, house, hamas, tuesday, senate, would,


Other stories from today:

Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel
Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
What do you think of Larry Ellison stepping down as CEO of Oracle?

It will still be his company
Time to pass the baton
It will give him more time for other pursuits
Don't care

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO
SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the hel..
Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire
CAMINO — A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has..
Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian re..
Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot
SYDNEY — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supp..
Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent
WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-wee..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County open houses