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Taylor Force Act Passes Out of House Foreign Affairs Committee

November 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, announced yesterday that the Taylor Force Act (H.R.1164/S.1697) has passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote. Congressman Zeldin is the original cosponsor of this legislation.

The Taylor Force Act will prevent 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.

Congressman Zeldin said, “I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Taylor Force Act, introduced by Congressman Doug Lamborn, which would withhold economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it publicly condemns acts of violence against American and Israeli citizens and has stopped financially rewarding terrorism. Palestinian terrorists who murder innocent Americans and Israelis are not martyrs and their cowardice should certainly not be celebrated or financially rewarded, especially with United States tax dollars.”

This legislation is named after Taylor Force, a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point who was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist during an educational tour in Israel in March of 2016. The Palestinian Authority’s payment to the families of the dead terrorists is anchored in a series of Palestinian laws.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations previously passed the Taylor Force Act on September 9, 2017, and this legislation now awaits floor action in both chambers