January 18, 2024

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Senate Votes 44-50 on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment that would prohibit U.S. foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority or any other Palestinian governing entity in the West Bank and Gaza, unless the President certifies to Congress that they have:

  • Formally recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state;
  • Publicly recognized the state of Israel;
  • Renounced terrorism;
  • Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services;
  • Terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement;
  • Publicly renounced Hamas and the October 7, 2023, attacks perpetrated by Hamas on Israel;
  • Honored previous diplomatic agreements; and
  • Released all hostages abducted on October 7, 2023, and held in territory governed by the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian governing authority.

The amendment also directs the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on the human rights practices of the Palestinian Authority, or any other Palestinian governing entity in the West Bank and Gaza. 

The Senate voted 44-50 on Dr. Paul’s amendment. You can view the vote tally HERE  

If foreign aid is intended to project American power and values, the United States must insist that those recipients of foreign aid act in a manner consistent with internationally recognized human rights.

 You can read the full text of the amendment HERE, and watch Dr. Paul’s remarks ahead of the vote HERE.




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