Cantor Statement on Hamas Legislation
“Hamas kills. It murders. It maims. It orphans, and it robs”
WASHINGTON, DC – Chief Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following excerpts today from the statement made on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 22 in support of H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. This legislation, which passed the House today on a vote of 361 to 37, restricts U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas rejects terrorism and accepts the right of Israel to exist.
“Hamas believes that terrorism is a legitimate tool of political negotiation. Hamas does not hide from its endorsement of homicide bombings or its desire to use this tactic to achieve its goal of destroying Israel.”
“Hamas kills. It murders. It maims. It orphans, and it robs. It blunts the future of innocents. It takes away the happiness of children, and it tears apart families. Hamas believes that this behavior is somehow acceptable. “Today, we must send a message to Hamas and President Abbas that the free nations of the world reject their desire to be recognized as legitimate leaders of their people.”
“Mr. Speaker, today the United States House of Representatives sends a strong message that our government does not and will not deal with terrorists, nor in this Congress should we or will we allow American taxpayer dollars to fund terrorist activities.”
“Make no mistake about it, the very freedoms that we hold dear are at stake, and we must never stop fighting this war until the last terrorist on Earth is in a cell or a cemetery.”
Good man. Speaks to truth.
How did your Congressman Vote on the Islamic Terrorism Bill? Debbie Schlussel gives us the 411;
The bill--which was heavily opposed by the Islamist lobby in the U.S.--passed, today, 361-37.
While we are no fans of PM Olmert and feel that his weakness and landgrab on behalf of Islamic terrorists only encourages more attacks like the one on Passover which claimed Wultz, we do support this bill. It has a number of measures we only wish our government would be forced to undertake. Until the Palestinian Authority takes serious steps to stop terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, has financial transparency, and a number of other reasonable conditions, the bill would:
* Restrict all financial and other assistance to the Palestinian Authority;
* Restrict all financial and other assistance to the Palestinian controlled-areas of the West Bank and Gaza;
* Restrict monies to UN agencies and programs helping the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza;
* Designate the Palestinian Authority as a Terrorist Entity;
* Deny Visas for PA officials and prohibit them from having representatives in the U.S., including diplomats;
* Target international financial institutions funding them; and
* Prohibit any U.S. officials from having any diplomatic ties with Palestinian terror organizations (that one should have been U.S. policy long ago).
So, which Congressman voted in favor of Islamic terrorism?
The roll-call vote was recorded, and the following Congressmen voted NO to this (most of them are the usual loyal Arabs and anti-Semitic loons--like Kilpatrick, Conyers, Moran, McDermott, Kucinich, Dingell, and McKinney):
Abercrombie [Hamas Lover]
The following Congressmen abstained (including Jesse Jackson's son):
Johnson, E. B.
The following Congressmen did NOT vote (including, conspicuously, Darrell Issa a/k/a "Jihad Darrell"):