WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday the "Taylor Force Act," a bill that will cut large parts of American financial aid to the Palestinian Authority over its payments to convicted terrorists and their families.
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The bill still needs to be approved by the U.S. Senate before it will take effect.
The version approved by the House has a number of exemptions for projects and institutions that will continue to receive financial aid, such as hospitals in East Jerusalem and water projects in the West Bank. The entire legislation, it should be noted, does not have any direct effect on funding for the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.
The bill passed the House today with a clear bi-partisan majority, after certain amendments allowed a large number of Democrats to vote in its favor. It is named after Taylor Force, an American citizen who was murdered in a terror attack in Israel last March. Israel has expressed support for it.