Obama’s Final Actions: Gives $221 Million to Palestinians
On his way out the door, Obama (and John Kerry) gave $221 Million to the Palestinian Authority. The action was in a defiance of a Congressional advisory vote blocking money to that organization. On Friday morning, Obama notified Congress that he was doing it anyway.
UPDATE: Donald Trump has stopped this money give-away and asked for a review.
The Daily Mail reported,
The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said.
Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers – Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee – had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations.
Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated.
“Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch.”
Obama was well known for not paying any attention to Congress, and doing his own thing. But just look at what he has done now:
As PA gives 7.5% of budget to terrorists & their families, this means approx $16.5M in US tax dollars 4 new terror https://t.co/8JjE8yeUU2
— Kenneth Weinstein (@KenWeinstein) January 24, 2017
The funds were supposed to be for humanitarian relief to Gaza and the West Bank.
In keeping with the treason of Obama and Kerry, they handed over millions to a government that has partnership with Hamas. It’s not really surprising, it’s just aggravating that they could legally get away with it.