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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

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This bill requires the administration to determine who was responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, impose sanctions based on these findings, and demand that Saudi Arabia take a range of actions on human rights before the sanctions can be lifted. Khashoggi, an early associate of Osama bin Laden, was not a U.S. citizen and was not murdered on U.S. soil. It is likely Khashoggi was assassinated by Saudi operatives in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, in retaliation for his criticism of the regime. As heinous as his murder was, Congress has no business imperiling our government’s relations with Saudi Arabia at a time when it is playing a critical role in containing Iranian expansion in the region.
This bill shamelessly uses disaster assistance as an excuse for billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects unrelated to the disasters. Only 30 percent of this bill is emergency disaster spending and only 14 percent was actually requested by the administration. It includes $2.4 billion for the scandal-plagued “Community Development Block Grant” program which has funded such past boondoggles as “doggy day care centers”...
The “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” program, or TANF, replaced the old food stamp program as part of the 1996 welfare reform act. It introduced strict work requirements for able-bodied recipients and was instrumental in getting people back to work and reducing the welfare rolls. Unfortunately, those work requirements have largely disappeared over the years...
In what has become a tradition, H.R. 2157 uses emergency disaster relief as an excuse for loading up billions of dollars of non-disaster relief spending that normally would raise serious questions.

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