The bill, H.R. 789, to put restrictions on Palestinian funding is called the No Bonuses for Terrorists Act. File photo
Reps. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Ted Budd (R-NC) recently introduced legislation aimed at cutting off U.S. aid to Palestine.
The bill, H.R. 789, is called the "No Bonuses for Terrorists Act." It would mandate that the U.S. Secretary of State must certify that the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization have stopped paying benefits to the families of terrorists before the U.S. gives more funds to Palestine.
“Over the past 10 years, the Palestinian government has received more than $4 billion in U.S. tax dollars in spite of the fact that the Palestinian Authority devotes about 8 percent of its budget to supporting the families of Palestinian terrorists, including those killed during attacks and those in prison,” Sanford said in a news release.
Sanford believes this is unacceptable, and that pausing the funds until the United States can be certain they are not used to support terrorism in any way is the obvious solution.
“Mark and my bill puts in place the strongest measures yet to ensure terrorists will no longer be rewarded with U.S. taxpayer dollars," Budd said. "The American people deserve to know that their hard-earned money isn't going to fund terror attacks on our allies."