Mandatory caps due to resume this year for the U.S. defense budget could complicate Congress’ ability to honor Israel’s request for $317 million in extra funding for missile defense programs on top of $158 million already requested by the White House.

U.S. lawmakers continue to strongly support Israel, but congressional aides said Israel’s push for more than $475 million in U.S. funding for missile defense programs in fiscal 2016 could run into trouble if Congress does not ease or rescind budget caps on the overall level of the U.S. defense budget.

“We’ve been very generous with the Israelis … but the first step is to see where we are on the budget resolution. Anything else is putting the cart before the horse,” said one aide on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. […]