What: All Issues : War & Peace : H.R. 3289. Fiscal 2004 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan/Vote to Bar Saudi Arabia from Receiving U.S. Financial Assistance. (2003 house Roll Call 558)
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H.R. 3289. Fiscal 2004 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan/Vote to Bar Saudi Arabia from Receiving U.S. Financial Assistance.
house Roll Call 558     Oct 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

During debate on the $87 billion supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan, Congressman Weiner (D-NY) proposed an amendment which would have prohibited any funding included in the supplemental bill from being used for loans to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government, Weiner argued, played an important role in financing the 9/11 hijackers, has funded suicide bombers in Israel, and, consequently, should be excluded from any U.S. financial assistance. Progressives voted in favor of Weiner's proposal as a way to punish Saudi Arabia for its close affiliation with terrorism against the United States and Israel. Conservatives opposed Weiner's measure and argued that while some members of Saudi's royal family no doubt support terrorist acts against the United States and Israel, many more support U.S. efforts against terrorism. Revoking U.S. assistance to Saudi Arabia, Conservatives argued, would undermine the U.S.-Saudi relationship in fighting terrorism. On a vote of 193-233, the Weiner amendment was rejected and the Saudi Arabia loan prohibition language was not added to the underlying supplemental spending bill to bar the kingdom from receiving U.S. loans.

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