Normally, when the Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee expresses concerns about money being used to fund terror, one would expect the State Department to address those concerns. In fact, it has been the custom that when a chairman of the relevant committee with jurisdiction places a hold on expenditures under his/her purview, the executive branch agency listens.
As we all know, it has become the hallmark of the Obama administration to jettison Congress in favor of rule by administrative fiat. When House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Illena Ros-Lehtinen placed a hold on some foreign aid to the Palestinians, Hillary Clinton summarily flipped her the birdie. This from National Journal:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is allowing U.S. funds to flow to the West Bank and Gaza despite a hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a rare display of executive-branch authority that angered the key lawmaker concerned about protecting her congressional oversight role.
A State Department official said that a letter was delivered on Tuesday to key members of Congress informing them of Clinton’s decision to move forward with the $147 million package of the fiscal year 2011 economic support funds for the Palestinian people, despite Ros-Lehtinen’s hold. Administrations generally do not disburse funding over the objections of lawmakers on relevant committees. [..]
“The U.S. has given $3 billion in aid to the Palestinians in the last five years alone, and what do we have to show for it?” Ros-Lehtinen said on Wednesday in a statement to National Journal. “Now the administration is sending even more. Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?”
Sadly, the answer is not an enigma. Obama and Clinton actually agree with the Palestinian terror cause. At the very least, their overarching agenda is to appease radical Islam. Cutting aid to the Palestinian terrorists doesn’t fit their narrative.
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