This bill would provide supplemental appropriations for relevant federal agencies and programs to respond to the mass apprehension of unaccompanied minors along the U.S.-Mexico border, fight wildfires, and provide additional support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Specifically, $225 m. would be transferred to Israel immediately ‘to address the emergent operations in support of Operation Protective Edge.’
In mid-7/2014, the Israeli government requested this supplemental support and U.S. Defense Secy. Chuck Hagel endorsed the request, adding that he hoped the appropriation would be passed with an exemption from the previously agreed upon requirement for Iron Dome components to be coproduced in the U.S.
On 7/31/14, a procedural vote blocked this bill’s advancement. Many Republicans opposed it, objecting to the non–Iron Dome portions of the bill. They favored holding individual votes on the bill’s 3 major parts because there was broad bipartisan support for the Iron Dome, but only Democratic support for the border security appropriation.
AIPAC strongly supported passage of the supplemental Iron Dome appropriation.
See *H.J. Res. 76 of 8/1/14 for the stand-alone Iron Dome supplementary appropriations measure that was eventually passed.
See also: H.R. 3547 of 11/20/14.
Last major action: 7/24/14 Placed on Senate legislative calendar under general orders.