DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 98
(Extensions of Remarks - June 23, 2014)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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             DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015

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                               speech of

                        HON. JOHN C. CARNEY, JR.

                              of delaware

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, June 20, 2014

       The House in Committee of the Whole House on the state of 
     the Union had under consideration the bill (H.R. 4870) making 
     appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal 
     year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes:

  Mr. CARNEY. Madam Chair, let me be clear that I do not support giving 
any funding to terrorist organizations, including Hamas and the Islamic 
State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, I voted against Mr. Gosar's 
amendment because it would have prevented funding for the Palestinian 
Authority, which is a vital source of humanitarian aid and aid to help 
resolve the Iraeli-Palestinian conflict. This money also goes toward 
providing security within the Palestinian territory, which remains in 
the best interest of our national security.
   The amendment also would have barred the use of funds for the 
ongoing dismantling of chemical weapons in Syria. This effort remains a 
top priority for American national security and it would have been 
irresponsible to vote in favor of an amendment that would jeopardize 
this mission.
   While on its surface this amendment may have appeared to implement 
policy goals I support, I ultimately opposed it because I believe its 
consequences would have negatively impacted American national security 
interests.

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