2005-04-29 / Community

Weiner To Bush: Crack Down On Saudis

Representative Anthony Weiner, joined by a bipartisan coalition of legislators, has announced plans to introduce legislation to impose diplomatic and economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia. The move comes as President Bush welcomes Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to his Texas ranch.

“Saudi Arabia has pledged for years to put and end to its support of terror. But Saudi Arabia provides more than 50% of funding to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, as well as financial support to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.” Weiner says. “And only last year Crown Prince Abdullah announced amnesty for any terrorist who turned himself in. Since 9/11, not a single Saudi donor of funds to terrorist groups has been publicly punished.”

Weiner, joined by 21 members of Congress, will once again introduce his “Saudi Arabia Accountability Act,” that would restrict diplomatic travel and prohibit the export of certain military equipment until Saudi Arabia rebukes violence, and takes all actions to end terrorism.

“Every year the Saudis claim they are going to break ties with terrorists and promote peace, but they just don’t do it,” said Rep. Weiner. “Enough with the social visits Mr. President. It’s time to take a hard line.”

In July of last year, the House finally cracked down on the Saudis, passing Weiner’s amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill cutting aid to the Saudis. But the Bush administration has done nothing else to hold the kingdom responsible for its support of terror.

Also, cosponsoring the bill are Reps. Ferguson, Andrews, Baker, Berkley, Burton, Cardoza, Crowley, Garrett, Grijalva, Hastings, Israel, Davis, Lowey, Maloney, McCarthy, McCollum, McNulty, Meehan, Nadler, Rothman, and Tauscher.

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