Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), passed five foreign affairs measures including legislation to support Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.  A summary of the Committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.
The Committee passed, as amended, H.R. 5235, the Emergency Iron Dome Replenishment Act, introduced by the Committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), to support Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
On the passage of H.R. 5235, Chairman Royce said:  “With the Iron Dome, Israel has intercepted Hamas’s missiles with a once unthinkable success rate of nearly 90 percent.  This has allowed Israel to safeguard its neighborhoods, schools and hospitals from attack.  It has saved countless innocent lives.  By passing this important legislation, we send a strong message of support for our ally Israel and we ensure that the Iron Dome system is well-supplied and equipped to handle future threats.”

The Committee also passed, as amended:

H.R. 3398, the Girls Count Act, introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), which authorizes the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries;

H. Res. 281, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), which expresses concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting in the People's Republic of China, from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.
H.R. 5041, the Naftali Fraenkel Rewards for Justice Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), which requires the Secretary of State to offer rewards totaling up to $5,000,000 for information on the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, a dual United States-Israeli citizen;

H. Res. 683, introduced by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), which highlights the current situation in Iraq and the urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution from the Sunni Islamist insurgent and the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as it expands its control over areas in northwestern Iraq.
A summary of the Committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.