Congressman Joe Heck

Representing the 3th District of Nevada
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Heck Iron Dome Production Amendment Included in House-Passed Defense Spending Bill

Jul 24, 2013
Press Release

Amendment create jobs, boosts American manufacturing, strengthen U.S.-Israeli ties

WASHINGTON - As the House of Representatives continues working to advance the annual appropriations bills that fund government operations, Rep. Joe Heck (NV-03) today supported H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The bill, which provides $512 billion for military readiness, ensuring our troops have the resources they need to complete their mission overseas, and supporting military families, included an amendment offered by Rep. Heck to allocate $15 million in additional funds to be spent on developing increased capabilities for the Iron Dome missile defense system by creating 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.

Rep. Heck spoke in support of his amendment on the House floor during amendment debate Tuesday evening. Click the image below to see a short video of his remarks.

"This amendment will help stabilize U.S. manufacturers who are facing an uncertain future with U.S. military procurements shrinking in the face of sequestration.  By increasing opportunities for U.S. manufacturers we will help support our nation’s struggling economy while supporting and creating critical jobs here at home. This funding will also provide a second source of production for Israel, who can leverage the rate production capabilities of American firms to ensure that necessary quantities of Iron Dome Interceptors are fielded as rapidly as possible." – Rep. Joe Heck

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.

Rep. Heck's amendment was adopted by unanimous voice vote. The Department of Defense Appropriations Act passed by a vote of 315 to 109.

Rep. Heck's full remarks, as prepared, are attached.