House Adopts Legislation Penalizing Support for Terrorism

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  Dec. 05, 2017
House Adopts Legislation
Penalizing Support for Terrorism

AIPAC applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly adopting the bipartisan Taylor Force Act (H.R. 1164), which would eliminate funding that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it continues its abhorrent practice of paying stipends to terrorists or their families.

For many years, AIPAC has pressed to end this PA practice that incentivizes terrorism and sets back the pursuit of peace. Lawmakers previously acted to reduce assistance to the PA by the total amount of payments it makes to terrorists and their families. However, that important step has not yet put an end to the payments, necessitating the increased pressure provided by the Taylor Force Act.

The bill was named in honor of U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last year. Versions of the bill have been adopted in the Senate by the Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees.

We appreciate the leadership of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who helped ensure passage of this important, bipartisan legislation. We urge Congress to complete action on this measure and ensure that the PA is taking credible steps to end violence against Israelis and Americans.

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