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Sen. Paul Speaks in Support of Stand with Israel Act of 2014

May 1, 2014 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to ask unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 2265, the Stand with Israel Act of 2014. This legislation halts all U.S. aid to the Palestinian government until it agrees to a ceasefire and recognizes the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. Sen. Paul’s request to pass the bill was blocked.
‘I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the Senate’s inability to stand with me in defense of Israel today. My support will not waiver and I hope the United States Senate will prevail in cutting off American aid to those that refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state,’ Sen. Paul said.

Mr. President, it is often said that foreign aid from America is to project American power, to project the things that America believes in. Unfortunately, over decades, the only thing consistent about foreign aid is that the money continues to flow, regardless of the behavior of the recipients.
This is extraordinary, and we have seen this decade after decade. Studies will show often that 75% of foreign aid throughout many continents is simply stolen, taken in graft. The Mubarak family in Egypt is an example of this.
The point that I would like to make today is if we are going to project what America stands for, that if we want our money to go to people who are supporting activities that America is for, we should write that into the law.
Now, we’ve made attempts at this in the past. Senator Leahy several years ago attached to foreign aid, an amendment that says that countries need to be evolving towards democracy or showing an ability to go forward towards democracy.
The problem is that every time we have restrictions on foreign aid, they’re evaded. We always give an out. The President has always got an out. So this week in Egypt, 683 people were condemned to death in one trial and yet your money still flows to Egypt without interruption.
We have another contingency that says, if a country has a military takeover, if you have an election and then you have a military junta or a military takeover of the government, then our aid should end. Didn’t happen in Egypt. We had a military takeover.
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