Hageman Votes to Support Aid to Israel

Feb 7, 2024 | Politics

Washington, D.C. (RELEASE) February 7th, 2024 — Congresswoman Harriet Hageman voted in favor of providing aid to Israel. The vote was considered under suspension of the House rules, which requires two-thirds support of all members voting to pass. The legislation failed 250-180.

Representative Hageman stated, “Israel is a strong ally and a key partner in fighting against terrorism in the Middle East. Their presence in the region makes the United States safer by exposing threats that could ultimately lead to terror attacks in our country. Following the October 7th Hamas attacks which broke a long-standing ceasefire, the House passed an aid package that was fully offset by spending reductions to the IRS. The House Democrats and Schumer-led Senate complained that offsets were unfair. Now Speaker Johnson has brought a “clean” aid bill to the floor and Democrats still voted against it. The Republicans in Congress will continue to support our ally with additional votes in the coming weeks and months. Hopefully the Democrats will see the light and join in supporting Israel soon.”

Background:

This legislation provides security assistance to our ally Israel and replenishes U.S. stocks to strengthen our own military’s readiness in the wake of the October terrorist attacks and continued volatility in the region.

  • Provides $17.6 billion in supplemental appropriations for Israel and costs incurred by the U.S. military.

 

    • Reinforces Israel’s defensive capabilities to continue to defend themselves from terrorists
      • $4 billion to replenish Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems
      • $1.2 billion for the Iron Beam defense system to counter short-range rockets and mortar threats
      • $3.5 billion for the procurement of advanced weapons systems, defense articles, and defense services through the Foreign Military Financing Program
      • $1 billion to enhance production and development of artillery and critical munitions

 

    • Replenishes U.S. stockpiles to ensure our own military’s readiness, as well as the safety of U.S. personnel overseas
      • $4.4 billion to replenish defense articles and defense services provided to Israel
      • $3.3 billion for current U.S. military operations in the region in response to the October 7th attack
      • $200 million for enhanced embassy security and emergency evacuations in the region