October 31, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE), a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced the Stop Support for Hamas Act with the support of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).

“Hamas has stolen and abused international aid to Gaza to further its mission to annihilate Israel for years,” said Senator Ricketts. “We must do everything in our power to support Israel’s efforts to eliminate Hamas. This bill will stop using American taxpayer dollars to fund specific programs that support Hamas’ grip on Gaza.”

“We must do everything we can to ensure that not a single American tax dollar ends up in the hands of Hamas,” said Senator Tim Scott. “Hamas has exploited assistance programs and resources to maintain its hold on Gaza and wage terrorist attacks against innocent civilians, including women and children. Halting U.S. funding for these programs is a critical step as we continue to stand with our ally Israel in its fight against terror.”

“After Hamas’s heinous terrorist attack on October 7, in which it slaughtered innocent men, women, and children in the most horrifying ways imaginable, the international community must dispense with the dangerous fiction that Hamas is a credible governing authority,” said FDD Action. “Hamas is a terrorist organization, and its access to international assistance should end immediately. Hamas has diverted global aid for years, using it to build up its deadly terror operations instead of benefitting the people of Gaza. FDD Action is proud to endorse the Stop Support for Hamas Act, which enhances oversight of U.S. assistance to Gaza and the West Bank to ensure that Hamas or any other Palestinian terror organization never benefits from the generosity of the American people.”

The Stop Support for Hamas Act would:

Bill text for the Stop Support for Hamas Act can be found HERE.


Cut Off Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Freeze Economic Support Funds (ESF) for Gaza and the West Bank Until Israel Has Defeated Hamas & Ensure That Assistance to NGOs Doesn’t Benefit Hamas

Strengthen Certification Requirements Under the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006 (PATA)

Strengthens Taylor Force Act (TFA)