Last year, there was also a measure that attempted to cut aid to Lebanon's army over concerns about collusion with Hizballah. As Hizballah's tentacles lengthen their reach, the response from the Washington must evolve as well to ensure, in Rep. Berman's words, that "no US taxpayer funds benefit the terrorist organization Hezbollah or any party that allies itself with Hezbollah." "US congressman introduces bill to cut off Lebanon aid," from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 19 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
LOS ANGELES - A Jewish congressman has joined with three Lebanese-American colleagues to sponsor a bill to cut off American aid to Lebanon, as long as Hezbollah remains part of the ruling coalition government.
The unusual alliance, cutting across ethnic and political lines, was initiated by Democratic Rep. Howard Berman of Los Angeles and includes Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.).
Designated as the Hezbollah Anti-Terrorism Act, or HATA, the bill seeks legislation “to make certain that no US taxpayer funds benefit the terrorist organization Hezbollah or any party that allies itself with Hezbollah,” Berman said in a phone interview Friday from his Washington office.