December 5, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 198 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
CHANGE PALESTINIAN PAY-TO-SLAY POLICY; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 198
(House of Representatives - December 05, 2017)
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[Page H9633] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CHANGE PALESTINIAN PAY-TO-SLAY POLICY (Mr. LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Taylor Force Act, offered by my colleague from Colorado (Mr. Lamborn). This bill is named after Taylor Force, who was killed in Tel Aviv last year by a Palestinian terrorist wielding a knife. As part of the Palestinian Authority's ``pay-to-slay'' policy in which families of terrorists are rewarded for murdering Americans and Israelis, relatives of Force's killer now receive a $400 monthly stipend. The average monthly income for Palestinians in the West Bank is only $150. This policy doubles, or even triples, a family's earnings overnight. This policy directly encourages terrorism and incentivizes the murder of Americans and our allies. Payments to families of terrorists have reached $355 million in 2017. The Taylor Force Act ceases any continued U.S. aid to Palestinian interests until these so-called martyr payments are permanently ceased. The U.S. currently sends $300 million in aid to Palestinian interests. We shouldn't send a penny more until this heinous policy is abolished for good. ____________________