This annual bill would fund Defense Dept. programs and activities through 9/30/17, including joint U.S.-Israel missile defense programs and other relevant military programs in the Middle East. The summary below reflects the draft of the bill that the Senate Comm. on Appropriations passed on 5/26.
Defense Dept. appropriations for FY 2016 were ultimately extended through the first few mos. of FY 2017 with a pair of continuing resolutions (see * H.R. 5325 of 5/25/16 and *H.R. 2028 of 4/24/16).
Israeli Cooperative Programs
This section of the bill was identical to that in the version the House passed on 6/16 (see H.R. 5293 of 5/19/16). Therefore, it would have appropriated $600.735 m. for joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs. From that total, $62 m. would be for the Israeli government’s procurement of the Iron Dome missile defense system; $266.511 m. would be for the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) program, including $15 m. for co-production of such in the U.S. (no more than $90 m. of which may be expended until the U.S. reaches a coproduction deal with Israel); $204.893 m. would be for an upper-tier component of Israel’s missile defense architecture, including $120 m. for the coproduction of Arrow 3 missiles in the U.S. (As with the SRBMD program, no more than $70 m. of which may be expended until the U.S. reaches a co-production deal with Israel); and $67.331 m. would be for the Arrow System Improvement Program, which includes funding for the development of a long-range detection suite. It’s important to note that these appropriations are in addition to the $3.1 b. the U.S. was scheduled to give Israel for military support in FY 2016.
Oversight on Iran Policy
As in the House’s draft bill, any disbursements of support for the training and equipment of Syrian rebels fighting ISIS would be contingent on recipient groups having no ties to the government of Iran.
Last major action: 5/26/16 placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under general orders.