The White House said Wednesday that it “strongly opposes” a Republican-crafted emergency spending bill, in part because it contains no funds for an Israeli missile defense system.

The Senate earlier in the day began debating a $3.5 billion supplemental spending measure that would send $225 million in emergency dollars to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense program. A House version is much smaller, and GOP leaders opted against including the Iron Dome funding.

In a statement of administration policy, the White House voiced its opposition to the House version. The measure “does not include funding for the Department of Defense to support the government of Israel’s request for critical missile defense needs,” the White House says. […]