Floor Speech on H.R. 5323, the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 5323, the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022. Below are the Speaker’s remarks:
Speaker Pelosi. 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 [legislation] 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. Additional 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, durable peace in the region, and we pray for every life lost on all sides of this conflict. For that, I urge a strong, bipartisan vote for the security of the people of Israel and for this legislation.
Again, I commend all who have been 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.