A bill that is up for consideration before the House Foreign Affairs Committee could cut billions of dollars in aid to Middle Eastern countries.
The bill — which was introduced by Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) — would prevent aid from going to countries until it is determined that they are not run by groups that are hostile to the United States, reports Fox News.
“Basically, if Hamas, Hezbollah and other foreign terrorist organizations or violent extremist groups hold policy positions… in their respective governments, they are not to receive U.S. assistance,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “Our goal is to promote democratic governments in these countries and ensure U.S. taxpayers are not subsidizing groups that seek to undermine U.S. policy.”
The news source reports that the bill does contain a large loophole that would allow foreign aid to be sent to countries if the President determines that such funding is in the interest of national security.
According to The Hill, Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority would have to each receive certification in order to gain access to aid.