House Passes Donovan Cosponsored Bill to Stop Funding for Palestinian Authority
Washington, DC—December 5, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced that the Taylor Force Act, legislation he cosponsored, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation is named after West Point graduate and Army veteran Taylor Force, who was studying abroad in Israel in pursuit of a Master’s degree when a Palestinian assailant stabbed him to death in an act of terror. The bill that bears his name would end U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it stops compensating terrorists for their acts of violence.
Congressman Donovan said, “The Palestinian Authority’s pay-for-slay program for terrorists is reprehensible. This bill rightfully ensures that American dollars will no longer fund a regime that promotes attacks on the innocent. Those who encourage violence must be held accountable, and I’m proud to support this important legislation.”
The bill withholds economic aid to the West Bank and Gaza that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the Secretary of State certifies that the PA is:
- Taking steps to end acts of violence against Israelis and Americans;
- Terminates payments for acts of terrorism;
- Revokes laws compensating prisoners who committed acts of terrorism; and
- Publicly condemns acts of violence.
Donovan has been a steadfast supporter of Israel in Congress. Donovan recently introduced the United States-Israel Anti-Tunnel Defense Cooperation Act, legislation that authorizes the United States military to work with Israel to establish capabilities to detect and neutralize tunnels used by terrorist organizations. Last year, he cosponsored and helped pass H. Res. 729, which expressed support for a final military assistance agreement between the U.S. and Israel. Donovan has previously toured Israel and met with Prime Minister Netanyahu.