Yoho Bill Stops U.S. Foreign Aid Being Used to Pay Salaries to Convicted Palestinian Terrorists
Washington, DC – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) introduced the Foreign Assistance Accountability Act of 2014. This bill will stop all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until they stop paying the salaries of convicted terrorists and sever ties with terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement regarding this bill:
“When the US provides foreign aid, we give it in good faith that it will be used to better the situation for which it is being used. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have learned that the foreign aid the US was sending to the PA had the potential, as money is fungible, to be used to pay a monthly salary to Palestinians imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses. Salaries that go to more than 4,500 prisoners (as of Dec 2012) whom have committed acts of terror. Acts of terror that have killed at least 54 U.S. citizens since 1993 and injured another 83 Americans.
"It is absurd that the United States remains one of the largest donors to the PA while this heinous practice remains on the books. My bill will stop all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until they stop paying the salaries of convicted terrorists and sever ties with terrorist organizations such as Hamas –an organization that in the most recent war with Israel placed missile sites near schools so as to use human shields as they fired missiles into civilian populations. This is unacceptable and needs to be stopped.”
Congressman Ted Yoho serves on the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. He represents North Florida’s 3rd Congressional District