“AIPAC ‘deeply disappointed’ by administration’s objection to Congress’ move to expand funding for Iron Dome, Arrow, Sling”

White House opposes extra funding for Israel missile defense
by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
June 15, 2016

The White House said Tuesday that it was opposed to a move by the House of Representatives to increase funding for Israeli missile defense procurement by an additional $455 million above the administration’s budget request for the 2017 fiscal year. The announcement was greeted with disappointment by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which emphasized the importance of the additional funding. In a long letter sent to Congress on Tuesday, the Obama administration listed its numerous objections to the House’s version of the defense appropriations bill for the coming fiscal year. The administration has criticized the bill for budgetary sleight of hand, complaining that it redirects funds from the overseas operations war chest toward other purposes in an effort to meet spending targets. READ MORE

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