Sens. Rick Scott, Marsha Blackburn & Colleagues to Sen. Schumer: Reject Biden Request for Gaza Humanitarian Aid That Hamas Will Steal

October 31, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Marsha Blackburn in leading their Senate Republican colleagues in a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urging him to reject President Biden’s request for up to $9 billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza. 


The senators wrote, “We are writing to demand that, during Israel’s existential war against Iran’s terrorist proxies, you reject the billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance requested for Gaza as part of President Biden’s $106 billion aid package. As you know, sending aid to the Palestinians in Gaza is akin to funneling aid directly to Hamas. The president’s decision to allocate additional funding, in addition to the $100 million in aid previously announced, will inevitably end up in the hands of a genocidal Palestinian terrorist organization that has evidenced its desire to destroy the Jewish state.”


The senators continued, “Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East. As such, it is perplexing why the president would ask Congress to enable the United States to inadvertently fund Hamas’ terror campaign against Israel. As we’ve seen in the past, this so-called ‘humanitarian aid’ will likely be channeled through international organizations, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). This is not speculation — just last week, we saw reports that Hamas stole fuel and medical equipment from UNRWA, which the organization initially admitted but then subsequently denied. UNICEF medical kits were even found on the bodies of Hamas terrorists from the horrific October 7th attack.”


Joining Senators Scott and Blackburn in sending the letter are Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.).


Read the full letter HERE.