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Congress seeks to end tax-exempt status for Hamas-supporting charities

“American taxpayer funds should never be used to support terror groups like Hamas, Hezbollah or ISIS,” said Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.).

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Credit: Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock.
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Credit: Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock.

New bipartisan legislation seeks to disrupt charities that provide money or resources to terror groups.

Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) sponsored the bill.

“A crucial pillar in the global fight against terrorism is dismantling the financial networks of terrorist organizations, including Hamas,” said Kustoff. “Under no circumstances should organizations supporting terrorism be allowed to receive preferential treatment under the U.S. tax code. I urge the swift passage of this legislation that will significantly diminish the ability of Hamas and other terrorist groups to finance their operations and carry out future attacks.”

Schneider stated that “America has witnessed a dramatic increase in incidents of hateful speech, threats of violence, and, shockingly, support for the Hamas terrorists.”

He added that he was “proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation to prevent American taxpayers from directly or indirectly assisting any groups that support or advance the interests of terrorists.”

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