House Democrats Vote Down Sanctions Against Hamas

A Republican attempt to apply sanctions against Hamas was voted down by Democrats Tuesday in a 217-209 vote.

The bill was authored by Rep. Brian Mast who said after the vote “Hamas preaches the destruction of Israel and death to everything we hold dear in the United States. The recent attacks again show why we must cut off their financial support. But today House Democrats backtracked on their previous support for this bill, and in doing so sent a clear message to the world that they stand with Radical Islamic terrorists like Hamas instead of with our ally Israel.”

GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy said “today every member in the House will have a choice between siding with our ally or siding with a status quo that will only perpetuate the unrest. Support for Israel should remain a proud, bipartisan, but most of all, clear policy principle in Congress. As our greatest ally in the Middle East faces the most intense siege in 7 years, the House should make it clear to the world that we stand united in support of Israel.”