A bill going before America's lawmakers aims to stop U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to Palestinian terrorists.
"The Iron Dome Reinforcement Act of 2019 addresses the problem of us giving millions of dollars a year to the Palestinian Authority," says bill sponsor Rep. Ted Budd (R-North Carolina). "… Up to seven to ten percent of their yearly budget serves as payouts and bonuses to families of dead terrorists.
In a press statement, Budd states "it makes my skin crawl to think [taxpayers'] money might be used for that activity."
"So we want to make sure from our State Department that we can certify that that does not happen," he adds in an interview with OneNewsNow.
Budd explains that if the State Department is unable to certify that U.S. tax dollars are not going for these payouts of dead terrorists, that funding would be sent to Israel for purposes of strengthening the Iron Dome, Israel's air defense system.
"Since the 1990s, the United States has committed over $5 billion in bilateral economic and non-lethal aid to the Palestinians," the GOP lawmaker explains, "but in Fiscal Year 2018 American taxpayers paid $65 million in aid to the Palestinians. If you average that out, it ends up at about $6.5 million in U.S. taxpayer money being handed over to terrorists and their families since the 1990s."
The congressman argues that his bill would help increase regional stability, something that also serves U.S. interests.
"But we certainly want accountability for where U.S. taxpayer dollars are going," he adds. "We've introduced this before, we're going to reintroduce it this Congress, and I look forward to seeing how this plays out."