Support needed on Capitol Hill
Write your Representative and your Senators.
Ask them to support the Middle East-related provisions of President Obama's FY09 supplemental budget request, including:
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President Barack Obama recently submitted to Congress a supplemental budget request, which
includes a key pro-peace provision, as well as desperately-needed funds to address the humanitarian crisis in
the West Bank and Gaza and promote other U.S. interests.
A vital provision in the request would loosen a ban on U.S. assistance to a Palestinian power-sharing government that includes Hamas. Under this proposal, U.S. aid could be given to a Palestinian government that has publicly acknowledged Israel's right to exist and has committed itself to prior agreements with the U.S. and Israel. The proposed legislation would continue to bar aid to Hamas.
The president's request is a welcome step towards APN's view that U.S. relations with a Palestinian unity government should be determined on the basis of the positions taken by that government and the strategic interests of the U.S., not on the basis of whether Hamas is included in the government.
This proposal does not suggest that the Obama Administration is soft on Hamas (as some now argue). If approved by Congress, Washington's relations with a power-sharing government would be subject to the same conditions mandated in 2006 by the (Republican-controlled) Congress and signed into law by the Bush Administration.
The president's request also includes urgently needed humanitarian assistance for Gaza and the West Bank, as well as aid for the West Bank to support education and social services, to promote economic growth, and to improve governance and the rule of law. It also includes vital assistance for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, as well as funding to bolster security on the Gaza border.
President Obama's supplement budget request is an important demonstration of U.S. goodwill. It will promote security and help re-build U.S. credibility.
Please contact your Representative and Senators. Ask them to support the Middle East-related provisions of President Obama's FY09 supplemental budget request, including vital aid for the Palestinians and the provision to permit responsible U.S. engagement with a Palestinian national unity government.
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