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S. 474 (115th): 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.

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About the 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 longer paid.

What the bill does

The bill, only three pages long, would cease U.S. taxpayer funding and assistance to …

Sponsor and status

Lindsey Graham

Sponsor. Senator for South Carolina. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Feb 28, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 28, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


19 Cosponsors (17 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rubio Praises Committee Passage of Bill to Cut Off Funding for Palestinian Terrorism
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 3, 2017

Toomey Applauds Department of Education's Enforcement of 'Pass the Trash' Ban
    — Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA, 2011-2022] on Jul 2, 2018

Toomey and Jones Introduce Bipartisan Amendment To Protect Children Of Servicemembers from Pedophiles in Schools
    — Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA, 2011-2022] on Jun 7, 2018

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Feb 28, 2017

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S. 474 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 474. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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