Congress Advances Act Halting Aid to Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments

March 23, 2018

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The Taylor Force Act, legislation that seeks to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends its payments to terrorists and their families, has been included in Congress’s massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that is expected to pass in the coming days.

“Passage of the Taylor Force Act will give us much needed leverage with the Palestinians to push back on this outrageous policy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill in 2016, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The legislation is named for a 28-year-old former U.S. serviceman who was stabbed and killed in March 2016 while visiting Israel.

It was approved by the House of Representatives in December. Despite strong bipartisan support, it hit a snag in the Senate over concerns that slashing funding to the P.A. could lead to instability in the region.

“As a strong supporter of the Taylor Force Act, I am pleased that Congress has included this bill in the omnibus spending bill,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

The senior New York senator added: “Passage of the Taylor Force Act will serve as a shot across the bow to President Abbas, as he must be held accountable for the Palestinian Authority’s record of incitement and subsidizing of terror. It is my hope that by enacting this bill, we can put an end to the Palestinian Authority’s disturbing practice all while honoring the memory and sacrifice of Taylor Force.”

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