House committee will vote on Taylor Force Act next week

WASHINGTON – The House Foreign Affairs Committee will vote next Wednesday on the Taylor Force Act, a critical step in advancing the legislation into law, a Congressional aide told Jewish Insider. The bill, introduced by Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in February, would cut off U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until they cease payments to families of terrorists.

While the Senate version of the legislation passed the Foreign Relations Committee (17-4) and was attached to the annual appropriations bill, the House bill had, until now, remained stalled in committee awaiting a vote.

In September, a State Department official explained that the “Trump administration strongly supports the Taylor Force Act, which is a consequence of the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization’s policy of paying terrorists and their families.”

The House bill currently has 149 co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans. After next week’s committee markup, the next step for the Taylor Force Act would be a floor-wide vote in the House.

The bill was named after Taylor Force, a US veteran who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv during a study abroad program in March, 2016.

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