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In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies.
A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would increase the debt.
After Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ $2.7 billion border aid package, which also included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and $615 million to fight Western wildfires, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to split off the Israel and wildfire money as a standalone bill, hoping to put aside the dispute over border funding and appeal to Republicans’ deep ties to Israel.
“It’s an important moment for the Senate and the House to show support for Israel. All I can say that if you don’t see the need to come to Israel’s aid now, and the message that it would send now, it would be a big mistake,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “Any person who thinks that the Iron Dome is unnecessary needs to go to the floor and tell us why, why we don’t need to help Israel right now. They’re asking for our help, they’re our best friend in the region, one of our best friends in the world. “
originally posted by: Corruption Exposed
a reply to: teamcommander
That definitely would also be a good use of the money...
As a Canadian I sometimes forget about the immigration issue that has been unfolding on your southern border. As long as this money isn't being used to slaughter innocents I am happy.
The Senate measure includes provisions not related to the border or immigration. It specifies funding for local, state and federal agencies to deal with wildfires in eight western states and $225 million for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system. The system, used against rockets launched from Gaza, is paid for primarily with American money.
Asked about the funding for Israel, Illinois Democrat and Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Israel asked for the addition.
“Israel requested it, the White House asked us to include it,” Durbin told Politico. “It reflects the fact that all the rocket activity coming out of Gaza has exhausted their current supply or at least it is threatening their supply for defense.”
Poverty on our planet is epidemic, there's plenty of nations in this world that need U.S. aid way more than Israel.
originally posted by: MrSpad
This Congress literaly does nothing. No aid for the border, no money for wildfires, no aid for Israel etc. Considering that Congress now has a !6% approval rating you would think they would do something, anything. Even if its something your political slant does not agree with at least they would have done something. The chaos the Tea Party has caused in the GOP has turned this Congress not only into one that has almost nothing but, one that is hated more than at anytime in American history. And yet the continue to do, nothing. How is anybody going to defend that record in there the re-elections. The GOP has been one of Obama biggest critics for not supporting Israel. I guess that part of the GOP platform can join supporting veterans in the things the GOP no longer stands for. It is very interesting to watch a modern political party self destruct. Let me guess that the GOP leadership will now ask Obama to aid Israel with and excutive order.
originally posted by: FlySolo
a reply to: samsamm9
Did you hear Harper's pathetic speech a few days ago while at a job training event in Sask?
2015 can't come soon enough.
Any person who thinks that the Iron Dome is unnecessary needs to go to the floor and tell us why, why we don’t need to help Israel right now.