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>> the house approved $1 billion for israel's missile defense system called iron dome. during the conflict in may, the system intercepted most of the rockets hamas filed into israel. eight democrats and one republican voted against the funding. the floor debate was about one hour. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss tea lawyero: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the iron dome supplemental appropriations act. which provides $1 billion in funding for iron dome, israel's short-range missile defense system. in may, during the latest period of increased violence, between israel and hamas, more than 4,000 rockets were launched from gaza. using radar technology to track and destroy incoming rockets, the iron dome intercepted over 90% of the rockets that would
have landed in civilian populated areas. this system with help from congress' funding saved thousands of lives in that month alone. under the 2016 memorandum of understanding, between the united states and israel, the united states is committed to replenishing the iron dome so israel can continue to defend itself from attack and protect its citizens. with the funding in this bill, the iron dome would continue to protect millions of civilians. let me repeat, this funding as the bill language clearly states is limited to a system that is entirely defensive. there is no greater demonstration of the defensive nature of this system than the videos showing the iron dome's interception capacity. mr. speaker, the united states has long been committed to the objective of a two-state solution. israelis and palestinians living side by side in a lasting peace. the legislation before us ensures that israel can fully defend all its citizens a necessary condition for lasting
peace and our state foreign operations and related programs funding bill passed by the house this summer we provided funding to help meet the humanitarian and development needs of the palestinian people, another requirement for lasting peace. peace must always be our mission. it will allow israelis and palestinians to reconcile their differences and heal their many wounds. only through peace can this reconciliation and healing even begin to be achieved. mr. speaker, this bill demonstrates that congress' commitment to our friend and alley, israel, is bipartisan and ironclad. it fulfills our moral imperative to protect the lives of innocent civilians and helps built the -- build the foundations for peace. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 5434 which provides funding for israel's iron dome system.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady veblg. ms. granger: i have a long record of supporting israel and proud to support this bill today. we originally secured funding for iron dome in the continuing resolution that was filed tuesday morning. fortunately that funding was then stripped to address concerns on the democrat side and a new c.r. was introduced. in addition, republicans voted for my motion to recommit which could have addressed this issue with the majority party was united in voting against it. let me explain why this bill is important to pass as quickly as possible. four months ago israel was under attack from terrorists. the rocket fired into israel was unprecedented. countless civilian lives were saved because of the iron dome system that the united states has supported year after year. due to the attacks this last spring, iron dome rocket interceptors need to be
replenished. we must ensure israel has what it needs to defend itself in the face of real and growing threats. providing this funding sends an important message to israel and those who wish them harm that the united states stands with israel and against terrorists. we must reassure our alley that america will never turn its back on the great state of israel. i urge passage. and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the the gentlewoman from minnesota, the chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mccollum: i'm a strong supporter of human rights, palestinian, and israeli lights. iron dome is fully funded in the f.y.22 defense appropriations bill that passed out of committee with unanimous democratic support and no republican votes. the c.r. earlier this week added language for $1 billion for iron
dome despite no request received by me from the biden administration. madam chair, you and i agree this is a matter that could have been worked out in conference committee, but today we have this emergency bill in frofnt us. i would like to engage in a colloquy with the chair to clarify this point. can any fund in this bill be used for procurement of defensive weapons by the government of israel? i yield to my friend. ms. delauro: i thank the chair for yielding. the answer is no. they cannot be used for offensive weapons by the government of israel. on page 2, line 7, the bill clearly states the purpose and i quote, for the procurement of the iron dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats. end quote. and i yield back. ms. mccollum: this bill clearly states this funding is purely for defensive purposes. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. it the gentlelady --
ms. granger: arkansas, ranking member of the financial services, mr. womack, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech for two minutes. m womack: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my good friend, the republican leader of the appropriations committee, ms. granger, for the time. i rise this afternoon in steadfast support of this supplemental and of israel. in the same week president biden pledged to stand with our allies, his democrat counterparts removed critical defense resources for our long-standing alley and friend. we shouldn't be surprised given the openly anti-semitic sentiments and comparisons of israel and america to terrorist organizations expressed by some on the other side. the state of israel has the right to exist free of terror. this point should not be controversial. the bill is simple as evidenced by the colloquy just a minute
ago, it replenishes the defensive iron dome system. i'll say it again, replenishes a defensive system. the iron dome has no offensive capability. yet there are still members on the democrat side of the aisle who oppose it. it was that opposition, mr. speaker, that delayed proceedings in this very chamber on tuesday forcing leadership to pull iron dome from the continuing resolution. so they could have the votes to pass. interestingly, we didn't see the same visceral reaction to leaving more than $1 billion worth of artillery in the hands of terrorists in afghanistan as we are seeing with this defensive system. they are openly opposing a capability that protects women and children from terrorist rocket attacks. in the words of our own speaker, it's about the children. earlier this year hamas and other terrorist organizations launched more than 4,000 rockets
at israeli civilians. we are talking about children and families simply trying to live their lives. i hope this bill passes without opposition. that, mr. speaker, should be the standard. so i urge each and every one of my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to my friend from florida, ms. wasserman schultz, the chair of the military construction and veterans' affairs subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i rise in strong support of the iron dome supplemental appropriations act of 2022 which i was proud to help bring to the floor today. the united states has long supported critical funding to help our democratic alley, israel, protect herself, by herself. during my trip to israel i have been privileged to spend hours meeting with families living near the border with gaza who
huddle in bomb shelters designed to function as schools. there you can see israel's geographic vulnerability firsthand and clearly understand the urgency of securing this funding for israel highly effective missile defense program. israel relies on the iron dome to defend her citizens against incoming rocket fire from terrorist groups like hamas, islamic jihad an hezbollah. when 4500 rockets were sent out in just 11 days, the iron dope effectively intercepted 90% of those rockets. saving innocent israeli and palestinian lives. the system also maintains regional stability by preventing dangerous escalation. for these reasons i know i will continue to use my vote and my voice to maintain our nation's iron glad commitment to israel's security, including maintaining her qualitative military edge, especially against emerging terrorist threats. this is a defense system. it's -- its whole purpose is to
stop violence and save lives. by supporting this program you are promoting peace. i'm proud to work with a slaj on other pro-israel democrats to ensure there is no question about our commitment to the safety and security of our closest alley in the mimi -- middle east. i urge the united states senate to take up this urgent funding bill immediately to defend our alley israel and i crease prospects for peace and avoid the c.r. debt limit to date. thank you. i thank the chair for bringing this legislation to the floor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlewoman from texas. ms. granger: yield to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for two minutes. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. i thank the ranking member of the appropriations committee and for the chair for bringing this measure to the floor. but to paraphrase president reagan, well, there you go again. why are we here? this should have been in the c.r., approved, or we should have had support for the ranking member's motion to recommit. but we are here for a
supplemental appropriation for the iron dome. i rise in supporter it. but it's disgraceful that we have had to come back to the house floor to carry on this mission. the iron dome is one of the most successful military and technology partnerships in world history. earlier this year the missile defense system, iron dome, has saved countless lives, mr. speaker, of israeli and palestinian citizens. from relentless attack. in july i traveled to israel with foreign affairs committee chair meeks on the first u.s. congressional codel since the pandemic. where was it? our first visit, jerusalem. to meet the new israeli coalition government. and despite a change in power and a new governing coalition between left and right, there is no space, mr. speaker, in the parties in israel as the number one national security threat, iran. and who funds that roaring
rocket rain of terror flying into israel from hamas? iran. so, mr. speaker, we have historically in this body had strong bipartisan support for our friend israel. and on our trip our delegation led by chair meeks assured the israeli government that we have their backs and we would continue to fund iron dome. i thank him for his critical voice. and while this makeup vote restores the funding stripped by democratic colleagues earlier this week, the concern i have is like the gentlewoman from florida, those strong democratic friends of israel are continuing to be thrown under the bus on this house floor by the far left. thank you, mr. speaker. i urge approval. i thank the appropriations committee. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanyields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. pascrell: mr. speaker, i
support israel's right to defend herself. i have always voted for defensive technology which we should invest in. the congress first supported iron dome funding a decade ago after a request made by president obama. in 2014 i visited israel. i saw with my own eyes how the iron dome stopped rockets. saved lives. this year we saw the horrific launching of rockets from gaza towards israeli streets. it's never ok to target civilians. while we dee escalated -- de-escalation prevailed there was a traj inc. loss of life in israel and gaza. extremism and vicious rhetoric breed instability. this year the u.s. rightly provided millions in humanitarian assistance to the palestinian people. thanks to the bill before us, congress is reaffirming our
commitment to israel's right to defend itself. iron dome technology keeps people safe and it saves lives. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanyields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas. ms. granger: i yield the balance of my time to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann. i ask unanimous consent that the control -- that he control the remainder of the time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. fleischmann: thank you, madam ranking member. mr. speaker, i rise today on this very important issue that is near and dear to my heart and ought to be near and dear to the heart of this body and the united states of america. when someone makes a mistake, i think the democratic majority made a horrific mistake this week in stripping out iron dome funding from the ndaa bill, i was shocked.
. my mother was a strong democrat. my father was a strong republican. support for israel, our beloved ally, our democratic ally, our only really, really reliable ally in the middle east was stripped out of that bill. this was a defensive mechanism. this is a system, mr. speaker, that keeps missiles from coming in and killing innocent men, women, and children who live in fear. never let an israeli live in fear from terrorism again. a defensive mechanism, a defensive system. so today, i do applaud the democrats for finally standing up and admitting their mistake
with this bill that is unnecessary in this format but has become necessary because it was stripped out of the major ndaa bill. so i will be strongly supporting this bill, this $1 billion for a defensive system, but more importantly today, before i reserve the balance of my time, let me say that as an american, as a republican, as a servant in this house, the united states of america must state its unequivocal support for the state of israel. israel has gone through a tumultuous history since its founding. the united states has stood with israel. we will stand with israel today on this important bill. we will fund the iron dome, and we will always protect the israeli people from terrorism wherever it comes from. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, i strongly support funding for the iron dome. the iron dome is a purely defensive system, one that has saved countless innocent lives. its whole purpose is to save lives and pursue peace. i strongly support israel's right to defend herself. since its formation, israel, our closest ally in the middle east, has been under attack by terrorist organizations, like hamas and hezbollah, that deny its right to exist. the iron dome is a -- is crucial to protecting lives against these terrorist attacks who continue to fire thousands of rockets into israel. i am proud of the work that israel and the united states did together to develop this successful defensive system.
and i urge all my colleagues to support the iron dome supplemental appropriations act. this should be a totally bipartisan effort. i particularly thank the members of the appropriations committee and chair delauro and debbie wasserman schultz, and many others for their work on bringing it swiftly to the floor. i urge a yes vote. i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to our speaker of the house, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. the speaker: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the distinguished chairwoman of the appropriations committee for yielding, but more importantly, for her unwavering support for this important priority. thank you, madam chair, rosa delauro. and for your leadership in bringing this leadership to the floor to further express the
will of congress in a bipartisan way for the security of israel. iron dome is a purely defensive system designed to safeguard all civilians living in israel. the system was co-developed by the united states and israel and has saved thousands of lives. addition financial support for iron dome was part of the memorandum of understanding negotiated by president obama in 2016. the funding being appropriated today simply continues and strengthens this support. passage of this bill reflects the great unity in congress on a bipartisan and bicameral basis for israel's security. assistance to israel is vital because israel's security is an imperative for america's security. today and every day, congress stands in support of a comprehensive peace in the region and we pray for every
life lost on every side of this conflict. i urges passage for the security of the people of israel and for this legislation. i commend everyone who was part of putting this together. congresswoman wasserman schultz, congressman deutch. so many others that i see. and i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. norcross. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. norcross: i'd like to the chairwoman for yielding and bringing this to the floor in such a timely manner. i rise today to speak in support of defending lives and that's what iron dome does. purely defensive system. safeguards lives living in
israel, many of whom have friends and family right in my south jersey district. this shouldn't be a partisan issue. and i hear that on the other side. the reason why it didn't come up before is because we couldn't vote for it. we couldn't count on them. just like we can't count on them on so many issues. this saves lives. 300,000 of them are american citizens living in israel. you heard the number. 4,000 shots. very few people lost their lives. still too many. imagine how many would have died if this system were not in place. you know, this is just so important about our relationship with israel. if we fail to stand by our closest allies, what message are we sending to others? so protecting civilian lives who this defensive system is a nonpartisan issue and we must support it. i urge all my colleagues to support this measure and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i
reserve. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of the iron dome supplemental appropriations act. israel has the right to defend itself against any assault on its sovereignty and its people. this funding will help replenish israel's iron dome to safeguard the israeli people from hamas rocket fire and other terrorist threats. it's unfortunate, mr. speaker, that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have decided to politicize such an important and serious issue, even after the recent deadly hostilities between israel and hamas. they tried to play political games with something as deadly serious as iron dome by claiming we should have included this in a different vehicle which every single republican voted against. too much of a risk. today's vote is reminded that the united states will always stand by our ally, israel, and we will continue to support iron dome and continue to do so. enough with the politics.
israel wants bipartisan support. this political gamesmanship must end. today's vote will help do that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. manning. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. manning: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 5323, the iron dome supplemental appropriations act. israel is our most important, most reliable, and only democratic ally in the middle east. the united states has a long-standing bipartisan commitment to israel's security, and that commitment must remain ironclad. in may, innocent civilians in israel, jews, christians, and muslims were targeted by terrorist groups from gaza who fired more than 4,500 rockets at
schools, hospitals, and population centers. it was the iron dome missile defense system that intercepted those rockets saving thousands of lives. now we must stand with our ally on a bipartisan basis and make sure israel has the resources to defend her people from future terrorist attacks. we do that by passing this bill. i'm grateful to majority leader hoyer and chairwoman delauro for their leadership in bringing this supplemental to the floor today. we cannot play politics with israel's security, especially when lives are at risk. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from connecticut, mrs. hayes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for one minute. mrs. hayes: thank you, chairwoman delauro, for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in support of this bill.
there are serious votes and there are messaging votes. a messaging vote is designed for an attack ad. that is exactly what we saw on the floor yesterday. the motion to recommit, a parliamentary action, has been turned into a dishonest attack and frame as a vote against the security of israel. i am a democrat. and i remain firm in my commitment and appreciation for israel's legitimate right to self-defense, and i remind everyone, again, that the motion to recommit just sends the bill back to committee. according to the memorandum of understanding between israel and the united states reached in 2016, for fiscal years 2019 through 2028, the united states is expected to provide $500 million every year for missile defense. that has not changed. funding for the iron dome was never in jeopardy. in fact, president biden has pledged to replenish iron dome funding system, and congress will approve it following the correct legislative action. a motion to recommit is a procedural vote that sends a bill back to committee.
that's all it does. my republican colleagues have shown time and time again that when we have to take actual votes, they vote against israel. on july 1 -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady -- ms. delauro: i yield the gentlelady 30 seconds. mrs. hayes: on july 1, the appropriations committee voted on h.r. 4373, which contains the bulk of israel aid. $3.3 billion in security assistance. every republican voted no. on july 13, the appropriations committee voted on h.r. 4432, which includes $500 million in missile defense. every republican voted no. so let's be honest about what's happening here. we have consistently voted to support our allies in israel. i end by saying, being pro-israel and expressing concern for palestinian rights are not mutually exclusive. i'll challenge to continue -- i'll continue to challenge myself and my colleagues to ask the difficult questions to find solutions. i urge a very yoet and i yield back. -- i urge a yes vote and i yield
back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. schneider. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. schneider: thank you, mr. speaker. 30 years ago when the gulf war had 31 scud missile strikes from iraq. the population effectively defenseless. the second lebanon wa hezbollah fired 4,000 rockets and israel had no active defense. five months ago, over the course of just 11 days, hamas and other terrorist groups in gaza launched more than 4,500 rockets at israel. but because of iron dome, israel is no longer defenseless. iron dome has saved lives, both israeli and palestinian. america's commitment to iron dome is rock solid. today's vote will make that clear. in spite that some on both sides
of this aisle will seek to make israel and our unyielding support for the u.s.-israel support a wedge issue. there are so many reasons for hope in the region. israel has a new government with the broadest measuring coalition, including arab parties. israelis and palestinians are talking to each other again. the abraham accords are changing the dynamic between israel and her arab neighbors. progress in all these areas starts with and depends on security. 10 more seconds? progress in all these areas starts with and depends on security, and security starts with and relies on iron dome funding. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this critical funding and hope the senate will take it up immediately. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: thanks ok. i yield one minute to the
gentleman from new jersey, mr. gottheimer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. gottheimer: sorry, mr. speaker. i rise in support of critical legislation to support our key ally, israel, and the iron dome technology we worked with them to develop. for 73 years, the united states and israel have fostered and strengthened a remarkable relationship, with our shared values of freedom and democracy. israel's national security is key to america's national security and to our fight against terror. terrorists in gaza, including hamas and palestinian islamic jihad fired more than 4,2,500ively -- 4,500 rockets against civilians. we thank god each day for the iron dome which intercepted 90% of the incoming rockets, saving countless lives. unfortunately, some of my colleagues recently used support for this defense system as a political football. they threatened to shut down the federal government, put at risk hurricane disaster relief and help for afghani refugees all because of support of iron dome. it was outrageous but we have a
chance to pass this act. let's pass this bill and support iron dome and support the u.s.-israel relationship and the senate should take up this stand-alone measure. we must protect our ally, the only democracy in the middle east. our national security is on the line. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. . mr. flieshman: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield one minute though gentlelady from michigan, ms. tlaib. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. tlaib: i rise in support of this supplemental. i will not support efforts to ep able war crimes and violence. we cannot only be talking about israel's immediate for safety when palestinians are living under a violent apartheid system and are dying under what human rights watch have said are war crimes. we should be talking about the
palestinian need for protection against israeli attack. we must be committed to human life, period. everyone deserves to be safe. israel attacked worshipers at one of the holest muslim lo kailingses. yet $1 billion in american tax dollars represents an absurd and unjustifiable 140% increase in support for the iron dome. i believe that our country must avoid selling weapons to anyone, anywhere. the israeli regime is an apartheid regime, not my words but from human rights watch. please stand with me in supporting human rights for all. i yield.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- mr. fleischmann: i yield myself as much time as necessary to respond to this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, the truth is final -- has finally come out on the floor of the house in the united states of america. i heard some of my democratic colleagues stand with me. with israel. with our ally. to fight terrorism with a defensive weapons system. and what did we just hear? we heard the democratic party speak out, we heard right now from my colleague across the aisle with a shocking statement. she oppose this is because they have a vocal minority in the majority party that is anti-israel, that is anti-semitic and as americans we can never stand for that i grew up with holocaust survivors. i grew up with children of holocaust survivors. israel has been attacked and attacked and attacked.
since its inception. as americans i beseech you, i reach out to the majority and i say condemn what we just heard on the floor. condemn terrorism. this is a defensive weapon system. stop playing your procedural games. i hear commit. recommit. it was a motion to recommit. you just saw something on this floor i thought i would never see. not only as a member of this house but as an american. let us stand with israel, let's combat anti-semitism wherever it is in the world. where there's -- whether it's in the united states, whether it's from terrorism. i am shocked, mr. speaker. with what i just heard. i ask the majority to condemn the comments that were just made by their member. with that, i yield become. i reserve, i'm sorry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield one minute
to the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch, the chairman of the committee on form affairs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. deutch: i thank my friend, chair delauro and i thank the speaker. mr. speaker i have a speech about how important it is for us to stand up against terror and the terror strikes against israel, launched by the terrorist group hamas from tba zha. 4,500 rockets that iron dome helped us stop. and i have a speech that's all about how important it is for us to replenish that. but mr. speaker,ky not -- i cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the house of representatives and label the jewish democratic state of israel and apartheid state. i reject it. today this caucus this body, the
house of representatives will overwhelmingly stand with our ally the state of israel in replenishing this defensive system. if you believe in human rights, if you believe in saving lives, israeli lives and palestinian lives, i say to my colleague who just besmirched our ally, then you will support this legislation. may i have 15 more seconds. ms. delauro: i yield the gentleman 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 30 seconds. mr. deutch: we can have an ability to debate lots of issues on the house floor but to falsely characterize the state of israel as consistent with those, let's be clear. it's consistent with those who advocate for the dishasn'tling of the one jewish state in the world. and when there is no place on
the map for one jewish state, that's anti-semitism. and i reject that. i stand in support of this important legislation and i thank the speaker, the majority leader and the chairwoman for brining this forward and i urge every one of my colleagues to stand with us. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i recognize the gentleman, the republican whip, minority whip, scalise, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is reckalized -- is recognized for two minutes. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend from tennessee for yielding and especially for his passion, the statement he just made and the importance of not only standing up for israel which we all need to do but standing up against anti-semitism. against the kind of attacks on israel that the very iron dome are necessary for. the iron dome represents one of
those partnerships between our two great nations. this great bond between the united states an israel. allowing israel to defend themselves. defend themselves against attacks from gaza. against attacks from terrorists who want to destroy israel as a jewish state. that's what this has always been about. and it had been heartening for decades that this was always a bipartisan issue. we shouldn't have to be here today to pass this bill because it should have been passed on tuesday. there was a vote on the house floor to ensure israel had the money to defend themselves, to put that billion dollars back in on a straight party line vote every democrat voted it down. i don't know why on tuesday they were against israel's iron dome defense and today maybe thicks will change, hopefully things will change, but we ought to always stand with israel andest
especially with what the iron dome represents. i've been to israel. i've been to the areas where the iron dome is actually utilized effectively 20 save jewish lives. to save everybody's life who lives in israel. whether it's jews, palestinians, anyone who lives in israel, under threat of terrorist attack, can have some solace knowing that the iron dome is there to protect them. thousands of rockets for fired into israel by terrorists and that's why we need to put this billion dollars in place to allow them to replenish the iron dome missiles that saved lives in israel. that's what this is about. we should be with israel not just on thursday, we should always be with them on tuesday, on monday, every single day we need to stand with our ally israel against attacks that we see from anti-semites around the world. i strongly urge passage of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut.
ms. delauro: i yield one minute to my good friend from maryland and the majority leader mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. this is not a partisan issue. and very frankly, the c.r. that was brought to the floor the other day would have said we are going to pay the debts of the united states because we don't welch. and we are going to fund iron dome.
unfortunately because to a person our republican colleagues would have refused and said they would not vote for that resolution, and because yes, there were a very, very few who said they wouldn't vote for it on our side, because of you would not vote for it and we had just a handful who would not vote we could not pass it. so the debt limit was at risk. and iron dome was at risk. and the hair of the appropriations committee -- and the chair of the appropriations committee, rosa delauro, said that won't stand. i stood on this floor and said we will bring an individual bill i hope all of us will support. obviously all of us are not supporting it. there are some few who will not
support this. but the overwhelming majority of this congress, not in a partisan swayway but in an american way, will support defending the democratic state of israel created by the united nations of the world to be an independent, sovereign, secure nation. and very frankly in the bipartisan way no nation on earth has been more important for the survival and security and sovereignty of that nation than the united states of america. today, continues that commitment. mr. speaker, on tuesday, i said
we will deal with iron dome without delay to help defend israel against hamas rocket attacks. today, i am proud to bring this legislation to the floor and thank not only chair delauro but i also thank some many who have spoken and certainly my friend, debbie wasserman schultz. and mr. deutch and mr. schneider and others who have talked to me about this issue. we bring this bill to the floor with the expect thaition it will beover whelmingly passed. because we will put behind us partisanship. support for israel has traditionally and must always be a bipartisan issue. that's pause we overwhelmingly recognize the fundamental right of the jewish people to live
independently in their ancestral homeland to and do so in peace and in security. since its founding, millenia ago in some respects, more particularly, politically, 1948 to today, israel has been under constant threat of attack. from those who would deny its right to exist. not about offensive actions they took. denied their very right to exist. as we continue to stand up for a two-state solution that achieves peace, security and hope and opportunity for both israelis and palestinians we vigorously,
strongly, unshamefully, stand for rights for israel's right to defend itself against terrorism. make no mistake. hamas and hezbollah are terrorist organizations bent on murder and genocide. and of eliminating israel from that map of which mr. deutch talked. supported by iran, one of the most prolific supporters of terrorism in the world, and allow -- and avowing not only destruction of israel but also harm to america, hamas and hezbollah continue to rain terror down on innocent israelis. in may, hamas showed the world yet again why these terror organizations remain a threat to peace to the future of both israelis and palestinians. the rocket attacks it launched from gaza, a territory it rules
with a draconian iron fist, sought to kill innocent israeli citizens indiscriminately. sadly, hamas sadly, this led to the hamas attacks compelled the defensive response to the deaths in innocent palestinians. this was due to the brutal regime. mr. speaker, one of the reasons lives were saved is because something we have done in congress since 2010, which is to fund and support and jointly develop the deployment of the defensive anti-rocket system called iron dome. iron dome has saved countless lives since 2010, including during are the conflict in may, protecting schools, hospitals, synagogues, and family homes. the system continues to do it -- its job with a rocket from gaza
being intercepted less than two weeks ago during a period of 10 days in may, hamas fired more than 4,500 -- 4,400 rockets. 10 days. 4,400. over 400 rockets a day fired into israel. iron dome extraordinarily intercepted 90% of those rockets. that number in just 10 days was a dramatic escalation over the number of rockets fired at israel by hamas and hezbollah over the previous 10 years, which was around 10,000 or 1,000 a year, 4,400 rockets in 10 days. hezbollah, by the way -- and we all recognize this -- is estimated by published
reports -- i don't have the classified reports -- to have 130,000 rockets aimed at israel from southern lebanon. the number of interceptors israeli -- israel needs to deal with these escalating attacks is going up dramatically as well. i talked to mr. lapie just two days ago and he said to me, congressman, i really don't know. we know how many rockets they have. we just don't know how many they'll send at one time. so we need to make sure there is sufficient supply and the resupply after the rockets confronting the 4,400 rockets were used. israel needed 2,400 interceptors for 10,000 rockets. in may, it needed 2,000 interceptors to take down the 4,500.
-- 4,400. as a result of may's unprecedented barrage, the system needs to be remrenished and strengthened -- replenished and strengthened. i was proud to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support iron dome as part of the broad bipartisan support for israel in congress. as well as the long-range missile system. why do we do that? why do we ask the taxpayers of the united states of america to do that? we do it because we believe it's in their best interest. yes, it's in israel's interest. and, yes, it's in the interest of israeli, are but -- israelis, but it's in the security interest of the united states of america. and that's why we proudly stand up and support this funding. and other funding that we give to israel so that it can remain
the democracy that honors human rights. does everybody honor human rights today, america? we can look in the mirror. every country can do that. but israel, unlike any other country in the middle east, has the supreme court that says the government, you cannot do that. this is the right thing to do. and then israelis do it. a nation of laws. a nation of morals. a nation that's committed to the democratic process. this day this congress will reflect overwhelming support in a bipartisan basis. today, i believe we will again evidence our broad and bipartisan commitment to israeli
security, israel's security, the safety of its people, and its right to self-defense. i want to thank chairwoman rosa delauro for introducing this legislation and our appropriators who worked on it. as i said, including debbie wasserman schultz. mr. speaker, i trust that we will pass this today in just a few minutes. i trust the senate will take it up immediately and we will send it to the president of the united states. he supports this. he urges that we pass it. he will do the same in the senate. this is the right thing to do. it is what america does. it stands up for countries who stand up for freedom. and so i urge the house on both sides of the aisle to overwhelmingly support the passage of this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to commend chairman ted deutch and i'm grateful to be the ranking member of the subcommittee of middle east, north africa and global terrorism. i appreciate his heart-felt comments. but i also -- i've been there and seen the example of the terrorist rocket attacks by hamas from gaza with iranian rockets. i've seen the effect on mothers and families and so this is something that should be addressed and i appreciate mr. hoyer bringing up that indeed 4,400 rockets, 400 a day. the reason for that is the weakness of the biden-harris government. they are putting the people of israel at risk. and then i also believe what we see with mr. hoyer, he's being undercut. we have -- and i sympathize with
him, that his political party, the democratic party, has become under the influence, extraordinary, bizarre influence of a group of anti-semites who also hate the state of israel. very clear, as we saw a few minutes ago, how horrible this is. in fact, this vote is to cover the mistake of the democratic party. i vote for this. i will vote -- the speaker pro tempore: excuse me. how much time do you yield? mr. fleischmann: i yield an additional 30 seconds to the gentleman from south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. wilson: i will vote in favor of the bill. this is really a cover by the democratic party of the far left movement of their party abandoning the people of israel. and so i urge a yes vote. but this is clearly just a cover -- just to cover a mistake. worse than a mistake. a bowing down of extremists within the democratic party. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee
reserves. mr. fleischmann: sorry. i recognize the gentleman from -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut. ms. delauro: i reserve the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. fleischmann: i recognize the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the time. israel is arguably our most reliable ally in the world. indeed, a beacon of light, a beacon of democracy in the middle east. so how could we not work earlier this week to help them, to support them, well, i'm glad today we could come together on both sides of the aisle and come to agreement on this with a strong support via this resolution. i visited israel several times, and when you visit with the people there and talk with them, there's people that live their lives under a 15-second warning for when rockets might come in
at random from anywhere in the zones -- in the zones that are near where the rockets are launched from, whether it's from gaza, north lebanon. what a way to live life. for us not coming together earlier this week it's sad. i am glad we could come to agreement today and get strong votes today to support iron dome, which is a defensive mechanism, technology that both us and israel benefit from and making all of our interests stronger. so i'm glad we could have this support today and get it right. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee reserves. mr. fleischmann: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no additional speakers and we'd like to be ready to close. when it's appropriate. the speaker pro tempore: ok. the gentlelady from connecticut continues to reserve? ms. delauro: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. fleischmann: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today, we have had
yet another heated debate in the people's house, in the greatest, freest nation in the world. the united states of america is a beacon of freedom. in my tenure in congress, i've spoken with world leaders in israel, in the middle east, in europe, across the globe. the world looks to the united states for leadership and for freedom. our great ally in the middle east, israel, has been threatened. its citizens have been threatened since its inception, and that is wrong. i associate myself partially with the remarks of the majority leader when he said we need to pass this bill today, and we do. we need to give israel and the
israeli people the capability to continue to defend themselves against what are terrorist attacks on its people. over 4,000 rockets directed by terrorists, supported by countries such as iran and others which to seek destruction of israel. as americans, we could never allow that to happen. as human beings, we could never allow that to happen. and we need to be heard as that beacon of freedom in the united states of america, all over the world in our defense of israel, because other countries have let them down. today, we will not let israel down. we will pass this bill. and to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who once had a great democratic party, like the great republican party and our great two-party system,
stand up. stand up and fight anti-semitism wherever its ugly head is raised. it's the right thing to do. we will do it with our vote today. but we heard from someone from michigan, ms. tlaib. we heard from their radical left wing that does not support israel, that does not support the jewish people, does not support their right, their inherent right to exist. let us, as americans, make our resolve now, today, and forever in our great republic to protect the people of israel. let's pass this bill, and let's associate our comments as americans with those who will always stand up and fight anti-semitism, racism, sexism, and every wrongism that exists. that's our great america. that's our great republic. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: thank you, mr. speaker. my republican colleague's words ring hallow. what are the facts? with our without -- with or without the iron dome funding, every, every single house republican refused to support the continuing resolution. and i might add were proud of their opposition of the continuing resolution. but my friend, this is not the first time. my republican colleagues voted against u.s. aid to israel three times thus far in the 2022 appropriations bill. over and over again they say no to israel. i say to them, stop politicizing the u.s. support of israel. stop your empty political gimmicks such as your motion to recommit yesterday. the democratic record is clear
on our support for the u.s.-israel defense relationship. we are standing up for today. we have stood up for it in the past, and we will continue to do that. mr. speaker, this bill provides the necessary funds for iron dome to continue to protect israeli citizens, which furthers the goal of a lasting peace in the middle aviation subcommittee
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