WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) led 18 of their bipartisan colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging the Administration to continue supporting the Lebanese people while ensuring that no U.S. assistance benefits Hezbollah. A terrorist organization and Iranian proxy militia, Hezbollah exploits significant problems plaguing Lebanon, including daily blackouts, fuel shortages, and a deep-seated government crisis.
“Hezbollah is responsible for the deaths of Americans, Israelis, and Lebanese people alike, and we cannot allow this terrorist organization to siphon any humanitarian aid intended to benefit the Lebanese people,” said Congresswoman Luria. “I am proud to support this effort to ensure that no terrorist organization is enriched by U.S. foreign assistance.”
“I was proud to join my colleagues on this bipartisan effort to ensure U.S. taxpayer dollars do not finance Hezbollah’s terrorist activities or Lebanon’s deep-rooted corruption,” said Reschenthaler. “I strongly commend the Trump Administration for their quick humanitarian response following the tragedy at the Port of Beirut and their continued commitment to preventing abuse of foreign aid for exploitation and violence. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I am dedicated to standing with our ally Israel, condemning corruption and terrorism in Lebanon, and promoting peace and prosperity in the region.”
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Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Luria has been a strong voice in curbing Hezbollah’s influence in Lebanon. In November 2019, she led 240 of her colleagues in sending a letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging an international effort to defend Israel, limit Hezbollah, and bolster existing UN capabilities to fight terrorism in the Middle East.
In addition, Congresswoman Luria co-leads the Countering Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Military Act of 2019 (H.R. 3331). This bill requires the Department of State to put together a strategy that improves Lebanon’s ability to implement Resolution 1701, encourages Lebanon’s cooperation with international peacekeeping missions on the border of Israel and Lebanon, and utilizes U.S.-Lebanon diplomatic engagement to prevent the building of cross-border tunnels into Israel and weapons factories inside Lebanon. This bill passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in July and is awaiting a vote on the House floor.