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Congress Finally Does Something.Hell Must Be Freezing.

Well it is about friggin time

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to prohibit any aid to Saudi Arabia as lawmakers accused the close ally of religious intolerance and bankrolling terrorist organizations.

The prohibition, reflecting persistent tensions with the kingdom after the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, was attached to a foreign aid funding bill for next year that has not yet been debated by the Senate.

It also faces a veto threat from the White House because of an unrelated provision.

A spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington declined to comment on the legislation.

In the past three years, Congress has passed bills to stop the relatively small amount of U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia, only to see the Bush administration circumvent the prohibitions.

Now, lawmakers are trying to close loopholes so that no more U.S. aid can be sent to the world’s leading petroleum exporter.

“By cutting off aid and closing the loophole we send a clear message to the Saudi Arabian government that they must be a true ally in advancing peace in the Middle East,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat.

According to supporters of the legislation, the United States provided $2.5 million to Riyadh in 2005 and 2006.

One of Michelle Malkin’s commenters asks a very sensible question, too (which I will paraphrase):  “Why do we give any foreign aid to a country drowning in oil?”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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  1. […] Original post by GayPatriot […]

    Pingback by Politics: 2008 HQ » Blog Archive » Congress Finally Does Something.Hell Must Be Freezing. — June 23, 2007 @ 9:00 am - June 23, 2007

  2. and better yet, why are so many schools colleges and universities accept money from the Saudis? You see it everyday where we are putting into place specail accomodations for these muslims. When we know damn well that in KSA they would never dream of accomodate for our culture. they confiscate any non islamic items at entry points at customs.

    One thing I like about Rudy, he ripped up a check given by a Saudi prince after 9-11.

    Comment by Pamela — June 23, 2007 @ 11:05 am - June 23, 2007

  3. Ditto!! Is it really aid or a bribe? With the price of crude over $69 a barrel I would think we´d be entitled to a helluva discount.

    Comment by Roberto — June 23, 2007 @ 11:07 am - June 23, 2007

  4. Is that vote total true that I saw under the headline? The Dems did this? Well Lord have mercy!

    Comment by Samantha — June 23, 2007 @ 1:44 pm - June 23, 2007

  5. To avoid confusion my¨”Ditto” was my response to Bruce. No I just read in Little Green Footbals that the taliban used a six year old boy as a suicide bomber. Where is the outrage from the UN and the HRC? Why was Cuba removed from the list? Somebody´s values have become convoluted to say the least.

    Comment by Roberto — June 23, 2007 @ 2:30 pm - June 23, 2007

  6. Where is the outrage from the UN and the HRC?

    He wasn’t kept from being aborted so HRC could care less.

    And there’s no kickbacks involved so the UN has no interest. If they could somehow blame the Jews for it, they might be interested. If there’s money to be made and Israel to blame, the UN would be all over it.

    Besides, global warmism caused the Taliban to do that. Therefore, Ban Ki Moon can’t do anything about it.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 23, 2007 @ 9:14 pm - June 23, 2007

  7. “Why do we give any foreign aid to a country drowning in oil?”

    uh….perhaps because of the cozy relationship the Bush family and oil interests in general have had with the Saudis for years? Funny how you poo-poo anyone who puts down Bush, but now you’re commenting on a situation that is directly attributed to Bush & company.

    Now, if they could remove all those rich people (both liberal and conservative) who are getting farm subsidies who don’t really have a farm.

    Comment by Kevin — June 23, 2007 @ 11:25 pm - June 23, 2007

  8. It is not just the Bushes who have gotten rich from their links to SA. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have also benefitted enormously over the years from Saudi largesse. We have made a deal with the devil for oil and are paying the price now. This bill is another meaningless exercise by Congress. I cannot believe we give the Saudis much of anything in aid. What will be interesting to note is if we ever stop selling them advanced weaponry. When that days comes, maybe Congress will actually be doing something.

    Comment by Scott — June 24, 2007 @ 8:14 am - June 24, 2007

  9. “why are so many schools colleges and universities accept money from the Saudis?”

    The answer is in the tenth word of your question.

    Comment by rightwingprof — June 24, 2007 @ 11:44 am - June 24, 2007

  10. Good move IMO. Heck, we should avoid giving them aid just because of their stances against human rights.

    Comment by Lanie — June 26, 2007 @ 1:28 am - June 26, 2007

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