Obama Gives $221 Million To Palestinian Authority

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During the final hours of his presidency, Barack Obama quietly released $221 million in aid for Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.

Obama took one last jab at the Republican Congress and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before handing over the reins of power to the new Trump administration.

From The AP:

Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.

A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.

In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said. The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee — had placed holds on it over moves the Palestinian Authority had taken to seek membership in international organizations. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding after funds have been allocated.

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  • mike

    I am so pleased that this (not) muslim USA (ex president) gave our money away to the Palestinians. There are no needy people in the USA

  • fishing4truth

    That’s Obama wanting to damage America and fund Israel’s enemies on his way out the door. Poor, delusional Obama, a weak man trying to be powerful. Now America sees what a traitor Obama has always been and truly is. Obama is no friend of the American people, black or otherwise. It’s disgusting to see how Obama used the US Treasury as his personal piggy-bank. And I’m also disgusted by all the politicians who sat back and allowed this Muslim clown to get away with his personal agendas.