What: All Issues : War & Peace : H.R. 2800. Fiscal 2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations/Vote to Cut All Financial Assistance to Saudi Arabia; A Country Which, Progressives Argued, Contributed to the September 11th Attacks. (2003 house Roll Call 428)
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H.R. 2800. Fiscal 2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations/Vote to Cut All Financial Assistance to Saudi Arabia; A Country Which, Progressives Argued, Contributed to the September 11th Attacks.
house Roll Call 428     Jul 23, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

On this vote, Representative Weiner (D-NY) proposed to strike from the 2004 foreign operations appropriations bill all financial assistance to Saudi Arabia. During debate on his proposal, Weiner argued that the Saudi government did not deserve U.S. funds because of its role in the September 11th attacks. To support his claim, Weiner cited intelligence information which demonstrated that the Saudi government had harbored two of the 9/11 hijackers, provided cash grants to two other hijackers, and failed to freeze Osama bin Laden's accounts until a month after the 9/11 attacks occurred. Progressives voted in favor of Weiner's amendment because, in their view, the Saudi government could not be trusted to crack down on terrorism and should therefore not receive U.S. aid. The 191-231 vote on the Weiner amendment significantly divided each of the two parties but the measure was nonetheless rejected and U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia remained in the underlying spending bill.

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