Tuberville, Risch Introduce Legislation to Cut Off U.S. Funding to UN if Palestine Liberation Organization Receives Enhanced Status

WASHINGTON – Today,U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) joined U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) and 23 other Senate colleagues in introducing the No Official Palestine Entry (NOPE) Act to update existing funding prohibitions in law that would give the United States authority to cut off assistance to entities that give additional rights and privileges to the Palestinian Authority.

The legislation comes as the Palestinian Authority plans to pursue a vote in the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Friday, May 10, to enhance its current status at the UN with numerous rights and privileges that have previously only been granted to full members.

Current U.S. law prohibits U.S. funding to organizations, such as the UN, which give the PLO full membership or standing as a member state. The NOPE Act updates the existing funding prohibition to organizations that offer the PLO “any status, rights, or privileges beyond observer status.”

Full text of the legislation can be found here.

Joining Senators Tuberville and Risch in introducing the legislation are Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Todd Young (R-IN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and John Thune (R-SD). 


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Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.