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May 23, 2014 9:10 am

U.S. Congress Doubles Funding for Iron Dome Missile Defense System

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Iron Dome newly installed near Eilat. Photo. Screenshot

Iron Dome newly installed near Eilat. Photo. Screenshot

Times of Israel – US lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that would almost double funding for the Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile program Thursday.

A White House veto threat — reiterated just hours before the vote — had little impact in an election year as lawmakers embraced the popular measure that includes a 1.8 percent pay raise for the troops and adds up to hundreds of thousands of jobs back home. The vote was 325-98 for the legislation, with 216 Republicans and 109 Democrats backing the bill.

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