Democratic Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard has been a very vocal critic of the Obama administration’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Gabbard believed Obama was “arming our enemies which are radical Islam” and leading America into a wider conflict.
Earlier this year, Gabbard introduced H.R. 608, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, into the 115th Congress. This legislation would prohibit United States’ government funds from being used to support al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist organizations. This bill would stop CIA or other Federal government activities in places like Syria by ensuring U.S. money isn’t funding radical Islamic groups.
Key aspects of the bill include:
- Making it illegal for Federal government funds to be used to provide assistance covered in the bill to terrorists. The assistance covered includes weapons, munitions, weapons platforms, intelligence, logistics, training and cash.
- Making it illegal for the United States government to provide assistance covered in the bill to any nation that has previously given or continues to give assistance to terrorists.
- Requiring the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to determine the individual and groups that should be considered terrorists, for the purposes of this bill, by determining: (a) the individuals and groups that are associated with, affiliated with, adherents to or cooperating with al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, or ISIS; (b) the countries that are providing assistance covered in this bill to those individuals or groups.
- Requiring the DNI to review and update the list of countries and groups to which assistance is prohibited every six months, in consultation with the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, as well as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
- Requiring the DNI to brief Congress on the determinations.
Gabbard recently returned from an unannounced trip to Syria where she met with Syrian civilians and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to get a better understanding of the conflict in the war-torn country.
The Congresswoman sat down with CNN journalist Jake Tapper to discuss her trip.