King Amendment to DOD Appropriations Act FY 2015 Adopted
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Mr. King’s amendment to H.R. 4870 which states, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to transfer weapons to the Palestinian Authority,” was passed by voice vote.
To view Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.
“We cannot afford and cannot fund a Palestinian government that includes Hamas because they are a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). I would bring to the attention of the Floor the Palestinian, Anti-Terrorist Act (PATA) of 2006, which bans funding to a government that includes Hamas until they meet three different conditions. One is that they recognize Israel, two is that they renounce violence, and three is that they accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. They’ve done none of those three things.
Prior to June 2, 2014, the U.S. has never recognized a government that includes Hamas, and that’s why I bring this amendment and I would point out that the administration has been isolating Israel in a number of ways. Secretary Kerry in April of this year compared Israel to an “apartheid state.” I’ve been there a number of times and I’ve not seen that…I think Israel would reject that… In May of 2011, President Obama said that Israel should return to its 1967 borders. That would be indefensible for Israel to do that. We need to stick with the existing statute, the 2006 Palestinian, Anti-Terrorism Act.”
To view the original text of Mr. King’s amendment, click here.