Nadler Supports Legislation to Stop U.S. Funding to Saudi Arabia

Jul 16, 2003

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) spoke out as a main supporter of an amendment to the House Foreign Operations spending bill for fiscal year 2004 that would prohibit funding to Saudi Arabia.

"More than 50 percent of Hamas funding comes from people and organizations within Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian government provided cash payments of $5,333 to each family of 'martyrs' killed while murdering Israelis. We are at war with Islamic extremists and Saudi Arabia is key to funding and spreading Wahhabism, which motivates Al Qaeda and the other terrorist groups. The Congress should not be providing military funding to Saudi Arabia, a clear source of funds for terrorists," said Nadler.

"Most of the terrorists who struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Moreover, Saudi Arabia is an extremely wealthy nation that hardly needs any help from the United States government," said Nadler.

Because Saudi Arabia continues to harbor and fund terrorists, the amendment supported by Nadler would prohibit Saudi Arabia from obtaining any federal funding. The measure was ultimately rejected by the House, with 110 Democrats and 80 Republicans supporting it, and 88 Democrats and 143 Republicans voting against the amendment.

Nadler also offered an amendment that would limit funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) until it begins to resettle the Palestinian refugees, instead of keeping them cooped up in refugee camps that have become breeding grounds for terrorism against Israel, and until it eliminates texts in the schools that promote anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel and the U.S. This amendment, which Nadler worked on with the World Jewish Congress, was not approved by the House because the Republican leadership brought a point of order against the amendment.

Transcripts of Nadler's floor statements on the amendments will be available on Friday, July 25. For copies of the transcripts, please call Rep. Nadler's office at (202) 225-5635.