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Congress & the Middle East:
House Resolution Prohibiting Assistance to Palestinian Authority

(June 15, 2006)


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In June 2006, President Bush signed emergency supplemental funding bill HR.4939 providing assistance for Gulf Coast hurricane victims and appropriating funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill also included a provision forbidding funding of the Palestinian Authority until it "demonstrated its commitment to the principles of nonviolence, the recognition of Israel, and the acceptance of previous agreements and obligations."

SEC. 550.

(a) PROHIBITION ON ASSISTANCE- None of the funds appropriated by this Act or any prior Act making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs, may be obligated or expended for assistance for the Palestinian Authority unless the Secretary of State determines, and so reports to the Committees on Appropriations, that the Palestinian Authority has complied with the standards contained in the Quartet's January 30, 2006 Statement on the Situation in the Middle East that a future Palestinian government must be committed to nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Roadmap.

(b) WAIVER AUTHORITY-

(1) The President may waive subsection (a) with respect to the administrative and personal security costs of the Office of the President of the Palestinian Authority, for activities of the President of the Palestinian Authority to promote democracy, peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the rule of law, and with respect to independent agencies, if the President certifies and reports to the Committees on Appropriations that--

(A) it is in the national security interest of the United States to provide such assistance;

(B) as the case may be, the President of the Palestinian Authority, the President's party, and independent agencies and any members thereof, are not members of, appointed by, or effectively controlled by Hamas or any other foreign terrorist organization; and

(C) assistance provided under the authority of this subsection will not be transferred or retransferred to any member of Hamas or other foreign terrorist organization or to any entity effectively controlled by Hamas or other foreign terrorist organization.

(2) Not less than 15 days prior to exercising the authority provided in this subsection, the President shall consult with, and shall provide a written policy justification to, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate and the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

(c) REPORT- Whenever the waiver authority pursuant to subsection (b) is exercised, the President shall submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations describing how the funds will be spent and the accounting procedures in place to ensure proper oversight and accountability.'.

(b) Effective on the date of enactment of this Act, none of the funds appropriated under the heading Economic Support Fund' in Public Law 109-102 (119 Stat. 2217) or any prior Act making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing and related programs may be obligated for assistance for the West Bank and Gaza until the Secretary of State consults with the Committees on Appropriations, submits a revised plan for such assistance to the Committees on Appropriations, and determines and reports to the Committees on Appropriations that appropriate procedures and safeguards exist to ensure that United States assistance is not provided to or through any individual, private or government entity, or educational institution, that the Secretary knows or has reason to believe advocates, plans, sponsors, engages in, or has engaged in, terrorist activity.

SEC. 1305. Of the funds appropriated under the heading Subsidy Appropriation' for the Export-Import Bank of the United States that are available for tied-aid grants in title I of Public Law 107-115 and under such heading in prior Acts making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs, $37,000,000 are rescinded.

SEC. 1306. To the extent not otherwise authorized, supervision and administrative costs of the Department of Defense associated with a construction project funded with the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund may be obligated at the time a construction contract is awarded or, for pre-existing contracts, by September 30, 2006: Provided, That for the purposes of this section, supervision and administration costs include all in-house Government costs.


Sources: THOMAS

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