Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Includes ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’ in FY20 NDAA

June 13, 2019
Press Release
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) secured inclusion of a provision in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was passed early this morning which would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to provide weapons or any form of support to al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Jabhat Fateh al Sham, any individual or group associated with these organizations, or any entity the Secretary of Defense determines may trade or sell arms to terrorist organizations.
 
“Unfortunately, in their dogged pursuit of regime change war, leaders in Washington have used taxpayer dollars to fund programs that directly and indirectly support terrorist groups like al-Qaeda in places like Syria. This continues in Yemen where US-support for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen has resulted in the Saudis delivering US-weapons to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, as reported by CNN earlier this year,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “This is not only wrong, it’s illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to terrorist groups like these. The provision I passed today would make these same rules apply to the U.S. government.”
 
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been at the forefront fighting to prevent U.S. support for terrorist groups, directly or indirectly. In the 115th Congress she introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act and has condemned the Administration's weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. She has continued her fight against U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition’s genocidal war in the Yemen.
 
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawaii’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
 
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