Heck to Offer NDAA Amendment to Create Jobs, Boost American Manufacturing, Strengthen U.S.-Israeli Ties

Amendment requires Iron Dome funds to be spent in U.S.

WASHINGTON - As the House Armed Services Committee prepares to mark-up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today announced that he will offer an amendment to the bill that would create jobs, boost American manufacturing, and strengthen U.S.-Israeli cooperation. The Heck amendment requires that the $15 million in additional funds authorized to be spent on developing increased capabilities for the Iron Dome missile defense system is used to create a US-based production line. That additional production line will provide increased production capacity for Iron Dome interceptors and components as well as ensure that our Israeli allies have the defensive capabilities they need to defend against a sustained rocket attack.

"At a time when there is a need to both boost American manufacturing and help keep our ally Israel secure in an increasingly volatile Middle East, this amendment will enable us to achieve both of those crucial objectives," Rep. Heck said. "My amendment allows us to provide Israel the resources she needs to defend herself as unrest threatens the stability of the region while both improving U.S. manufacturing capabilities and creating jobs here at home."

The Iron Dome is a mobile air missile defense system used by the Israeli military to intercept and destroy short range rockets and artillery attacks.

The text of the Heck amendment is attached below.

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