2003-07-25 / Community

Weiner: Republicans Soft On Saudi Terrorism

Weiner: Republicans Soft On Saudi Terrorism

Last week, 191 Republican and Democratic Members of Congress voted for an amendment offered by Representative Anthony Weiner, who represents much of Rockaway, to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that would have prohibited U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia.  

"GOP leadership defeated the measure despite a Congressional report due today that will detail Saudi ties to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001," Weiner said."

Weiner added that the joint House-Senate intelligence committee is expected to release a report shortly, detailing troubling ties between Saudi Arabia and the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

In light of the allegations, Weiner says that he introduced an amendment to add Saudi Arabia to the list of terror-sponsoring states that are prohibited from receiving U.S. aid, including Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya, and Cuba.  Eighty Republicans and 110 Democrats supported the measure, but maneuvering by the GOP leadership sent it to defeat, Weiner reports.

"The Saudi’s are the international bank account for terrorists of every stripe, whether it’s al-Qaeda, Hamas or the families of suicide bombers," said Weiner. "And it’s clear that when it comes to 9/11 they have blood on their hands. Every dollar we send to the Saudis is dangerous to the United States."

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