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Congress approves funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense
Congress approves funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

Congress on Friday approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, a Pentagon-backed request to shore up the U.S. ally amid continued hostilities in the Gaza Strip. With little debate, Congress cleared the measure as lawmakers prepared to leave town for the August break. "Israeli citizens are being bombarded with missile after missile," said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who led the effort. She said the anti-missile system was "saving lives and protecting towns and cities." An earlier attempt to provide the funds faltered amid partisan gridlock over a separate measure to handle the...

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