Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017
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H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, was introduced on January 4, 2017, and signed into law by President Donald Trump on May 5, 2017. The act provides funds to support Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, as well as research and development of the Israeli Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) program. Additionally, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 sets aside $7.5 million in assistance funding for refugees settling in Israel, and $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grants specifically in Israel.
In the act, the U.S. Congress expresses their opinion that the Arab League boycott of Israel is an
impediment to peace in the region and to United States investment and trade in the Middle East and North Africa. Congress encourages the Arab League States to normalize relations with Israel. To read the full text of H.R. 244, please click here.