This past week, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the key Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Committees that directly impact the security alliance between the U.S. and Israel and are responsible for the funding of the Iron Dome, David's Sling and Arrow Missile Defense Programs.
In what events' organizers called a "strong display of bipartisanship", Members of Congress pledged their commitment to continue support for Israel's Missile Defense programs. One Congressman said it succinctly when explaining why he supported the Iron Dome. "Iron Dome is saving lives and protecting the U.S.-Israel relationship." Another explained that "America is safer when Israel is safer. Israel is safer when America is safer. Those bonds can never be broken."
Honored at the event was Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense; Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Whip; Derek Kilmer, member of the House Appropriations Committee; Doug Lamborn, Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee; Luke Messer, Republican Policy Committee Chairman; Peter Roskam, Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; Hal Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee; Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.