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Rep. Zeldin on House Passage of Taylor Force Act

December 5, 2017
Press Release

Watch Rep. Zeldin’s floor speech here.

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement after the House unanimously passed the Taylor Force Act this afternoon (H.R. 1164):

“Taylor Force was a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of West Point, a very promising young man who was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. In fact, the Palestinian Authority incites this type of violence and financially rewards the families of these terrorists, just like the one who murdered Taylor. The Taylor Force Act withholds economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it publicly condemns these acts of violence and stops inciting and rewarding terrorism. Terrorists who murder innocent Americans and Israelis should not be celebrated or financially rewarded, especially not with U.S. tax dollars. It was an honor to introduce this legislation with Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado and work closely with Taylor’s parents, Stuart and Robbi. I’m also very grateful for the bipartisan efforts and support of Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.” 

The Taylor Force Act (H.R. 1164) prevents American foreign aid from funding the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless the Secretary of State certifies that the PA has taken credible steps to end acts of violence against United States and Israeli citizens, publicly condemns such acts of violence, terminates payments for acts of terrorism against the U.S. and revokes any law authorizing this payment system.