Congress and President Trump have warned the Palestinian Authority to stop funding a “pay to slay” program that gives cash payments to terrorists and their families. Now a Texas congressman is demanding that the Department of State take action.

Republican US Rep. John Ratcliffe of Heath wants the State Department to find out how how much US tax-funded foreign aid has been used by the Palestinians to subsidize terrorists.

The Free Beacon reports Ratcliffe and other congressmen want to “freeze U.S. aid to the Palestinians until the State Department” explains how it will ensure tax dollars aren’t subsiding terrorism.

Last month Congress passed, and Trump signed, the Taylor Act. The measure would freeze paymenents to the Palestinian Authority until it ends itrs compensation program for terrorists and the families of terrorists.

According to the Jerusalem Post:

The [Palestinian Authority] passionately opposes this bill, claiming that its “martyr” compensation scheme benefits generations of families that include those of legitimate combatants in the Palestinian struggle for independence. Israel argues that the program encourages Palestinian violence against innocent civilians.

Texans should be proud that Ratcliffe is demanding that the federal government stand up for taxpayers, and bringing real accountability to the Palestinians.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”