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Molinaro Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Identify Hamas Supporters within U.S. Government

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY-19) today introduced bipartisan legislation to identify Hamas supporters in the U.S. government. The bill was authored in response to reporting that found a Department of Homeland Security official previously served as a spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization and created numerous obscene, antisemitic, and pro-Hamas social media posts. Rep. Molinaro introduced the bill with U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5).

Specifically, Rep. Molinaro’s legislation requires Inspector Generals in the Department of Defense (DOD), State Department, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to submit a report to Congress with a list of employees who have ties to or have shown support for Hamas.

Rep. Molinaro said, “We cannot afford to have Hamas sympathizers within our government, especially in roles that manage our crucial relationship with Israel. This bipartisan legislation aims to uphold the highest standards of accountability and transparency, safeguarding our institutions from any association with terrorist organizations like Hamas. America's support for Israel during its time of need demands that we take decisive action to root out potential threats within our government.”

Rep. Gottheimer said, “Hamas terrorists have brutally murdered thousands of innocent lives, including dozens of Americans, and Hamas leaders have openly admitted in reference to October 7 that ‘there will be a second, a third, a fourth’ wave of violence in Israel. This bipartisan legislation takes strong, commonsense action to root out Hamas terrorist sympathizers. Hamas is designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Supporters of terrorists serving within our government puts our national security at risk."