Congresswoman also meets on Capitol Hill with head of Israeli Missile Defense Organization
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced on Friday that she has secured funding in the House Defense Appropriations Bill for U.S.-Israel defense cooperation programs.
The funding comes after Meng, along with Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), sent a letter in April to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense urging that they support robust funding for critical cooperative programs for fiscal year 2018. The funding in the bill—which was Meng and Roskam’s requests—include the following:
- $92 million for the procurement (co-production) of the Iron Dome Defense System
- $101.5 million for David’s Sling Weapon System research and development
- $120 million for the procurement of the David’s Sling Weapon System
- $82.3 million for Arrow System Improvement Program research and development
- $85 million for Arrow-3 Weapon System research and development
- $120 million for procurement of the Arrow-3 Weapon System
- $105 million for the Arrow 3-Upper Tier Flight Test which will take place in the United States by mid-2018
In addition to obtaining the funding, Meng met on Capitol Hill with Colonel (Ret.) Moshe Patel, director of the Israeli Missile Defense Organization.
The meeting, which occurred outside the Appropriations Committee meeting room during an appropriations markup, took place to discuss Meng’s efforts and the importance of continued funding for U.S.-Israel defense cooperation programs.
The Defense Appropriations Bill must now be approved by the full House and Senate.