The US Congress will leave town for five weeks without providing hundreds of millions of dollars requested by Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interceptor missiles.
House Speaker John Boehner was forced to pull his $659 million border security supplemental on Thursday because he lacked ample Republican votes to pass the bill. Unlike its much larger Senate counterpart, it contains no funds for Iron Dome. The Senate, meanwhile, could vote Thursday on its $3.5 billion supplemental, which includes $225 million requested by Israel and the Pentagon for Iron Dome.
Even if that measure passes, however, any House movement on the Iron Dome funding will have to wait for September. […]