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H.R. 1164 (115th): Taylor Force Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 16, 2017 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

The Palestinian Authority financially rewards terrorists who kill Americans and Jews, but Palestinians are the largest per-capita recipients of U.S. foreign aid. Should that continue?

In the final week of the Obama Administration, Secretary of State John Kerry authorized a $221 million transfer to the Palestinian Authority. Although the funds were subsequently frozen by the Trump Administration, many Republicans considered the money an indefensible support of an evil regime.

The Taylor Force Act, labelled H.R. 1164 in the House and S. 474 in the Senate, has been introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO5) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to stop such payments until Palestinian terrorists are no …


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1164

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 16, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Zeldin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To condition assistance to the West Bank and Gaza on steps by the Palestinian Authority to end violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Taylor Force Act.

2.

Limitation on assistance to the West Bank and Gaza

Funds appropriated or otherwise made available for assistance under chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2346 et seq.; relating to the Economic Support Fund) and available for assistance for the West Bank and Gaza may only be made available for such purpose if the Secretary of State certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that the Palestinian Authority—

(1)

is taking credible steps to end acts of violence against United States and Israeli citizens that are perpetrated by individuals under its jurisdictional control, such as the March 2016 attack that killed former United States Army officer Taylor Force, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan;

(2)

is publicly condemning such acts of violence and is taking steps to investigate or is cooperating in investigations of such acts to bring the perpetrators to justice; and

(3)

has terminated payments for acts of terrorism against United States and Israeli citizens to any individual who has been imprisoned after being fairly tried and convicted for such acts of terrorism and to any individual who died committing such acts of terrorism, including to a family member of such individuals.

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Definition

In this Act, the term appropriate congressional committees means—

(1)

the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and

(2)

the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.