Democrats in the House of Representatives voted against sanctions against the Iranian-backed terror group Hamas on Tuesday afternoon, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The terror group has been actively attacking the nation of Israel for the past two weeks, lobbing thousand f missiles at largely civilian areas, escalating an ongoing conflict.
“In a 217-209 vote, Democrats rejected a bid by House Republicans to hold a vote on Hamas sanctions legislation authored by Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL),” the Free Beacon reported.
“The bill was supported by every House Democrat in the last Congress, but stalled this time around when Democratic members refused to allow the bill to be considered by the legislative body. Republicans wanted to pass the legislation to further express support for Israel as it fights the terror group.”
America’s strong allyship with the nation of Israel prompted Republicans to put forward the bill in solidarity with the country who is several weeks into a vicious conflict.
“Hamas preaches the destruction of Israel and death to everything we hold dear in the United States. The recent attacks again show why we must cut off their financial support,” Mast said according to the Free Beacon.
“But today House Democrats backtracked on their previous support for this bill, and in doing so sent a clear message to the world that they stand with Radical Islamic terrorists like Hamas instead of with our ally Israel.”
Several outspoken Democrats, however, have criticized Israel, including Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI.), and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY).
“Today every member in the House will have a choice between siding with our ally or siding with a status quo that will only perpetuate the unrest,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the chamber’s minority leader, said in a statement ahead of the vote. “Support for Israel should remain a proud, bipartisan, but most of all, clear policy principle in Congress. As our greatest ally in the Middle East faces the most intense siege in 7 years, the House should make it clear to the world that we stand united in support of Israel.”