Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Seeks Change in U.S. Government Terror Funding

May 3, 2017
Press Release
America should not fund terror organizations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) cosponsored the Stop Arming Terrorists Act to prohibit the United States Government from providing money to foreign militias that have ties to terrorist organizations. The U.S. currently uses taxpayer money to arm foreign organizations with the intent of advancing U.S. foreign policy. The government has provided money, weapons and intelligence support that directly or indirectly assist terrorist organizations including al-Qaeda and ISIS. These funds allowed terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout the Middle East.

“We cannot continue to indirectly fund the same terror organizations that we fight against. This is counterintuitive and destroys the very foundation of our country’s foreign policy. The U.S. cannot be complicit in the spread of terror throughout the world by providing any form of support to partners with extremist ties,” said Rush.

The bill suggests that the CIA has long supported terrorist groups. The Agency is credited with providing salaries, weapons, intelligence including surface to air missiles. Rush supports the bill’s intent to bring a halt to such government funding. Immediate changes would include making it illegal for any U.S. federal government funds to be used to provide assistance to terrorists. In addition, the bill requires the Director of National Intelligence to determine the individual and groups that should be considered terrorists.