WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) cast her vote in support of the bipartisan, bicameral Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act. The legislation would replenish funding for the Iron Dome, a defensive system co-developed between the United States and Israel, designed to protect civilian life in the only democracy in the Middle East.
“Safeguarding civilian life, supporting a longstanding ally and keeping our nation’s commitments – that’s what I was proud to vote for today,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “The Iron Dome is a critical part of Israel’s defense, harms no one, and has saved countless lives. Supporting this bill means supporting Israel’s security and the security of many of our own service men and women. I will continue to stand for protection and peace by all means possible.”
U.S.-provided financial support for the Iron Dome was negotiated by President Barack Obama’s Administration, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016. This bill will provide $1 billion in funds for the defensive system.