Ossoff echoes Handel in backing legislation targeting Palestinian Authority

Democrat Jon Ossoff. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Democrat Jon Ossoff has echoed his Republican rival’s position on legislation that would potentially cut off U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority. And he said he’ll up the ante by authorizing the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies to “work more aggressively” to prevent Hamas from extending its grip on the West Bank.

His campaign said in a statement that Ossoff consulted Middle East experts about the Taylor Force Act before making his decision.

At an event on Sunday, Republican Karen Handel said she hoped to get a chance to vote on the measure, which would end U.S funding of the Palestinian government if it continues to provide stipends to families of convicted murderers and terrorists.

Ossoff said in an interview after the event that he was receptive to the measure, though he stopped short of saying whether he would vote for it.

The legislation was named after a former U.S. Army officer killed by a Palestinian assailant in Israel last year. About 8 percent of the district’s residents are Jewish, and many have traditionally voted Democratic.

The legislation has widespread Republican support, but some Democrats and aides to Donald Trump have expressed concern that it could undermine the Palestinian government as the U.S. tries to revive Middle East peace talks.

Here’s Ossoff’s full statement released Thursday about the Taylor Force Act:

“I’ll take it a step further. I’ll introduce legislation authorizing the State Department to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it is funding families of terrorists, as well as directing the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies to work more aggressively to prevent the terrorist group Hamas from increasing its influence in the West Bank.”

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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates has been all over the place lately, from Capitol Hill to CNN and the pages of the New Yorker. The Atlanta native was in Cambridge, Mass., yesterday giving the keynote address at Harvard Law School’s graduation.

Her advice to the new grads, per The New York Times:

Taking a risk “means that you have to be willing to be wrong,” she said. “And that can sometimes be a lonely place to be. But I’m hoping that fear of being wrong won’t keep you from acting.”

“Because inaction, doing nothing, or simply going along, that’s a decision, too. and it seems the times in my life that I haven’t acted that’s when I’ve regretted it the most.”

She advised the graduates not to take the safe course. In what seemed to be a veiled swipe at her former boss, the president, she said: “Doing your job means you are not simply a reflection of someone else’s talents or opinions. You’re the person to whom a leader turns when he or she needs to hear the truth.”

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has endorsed Republican operative John Watson in the four-candidate race to lead the state GOP.

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Conservative columnist George Will has this prediction in The Washington Post: “If Ossoff wins in Georgia, Trump is in for a world of pain in 2018.”

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We are picking up word that Sen. Rick Jeffares is preparing to announce a run for lieutenant governor.

The McDonough Republican would be the third GOP contender in the contest. State Sen. David Shafer and state Rep. Geoff Duncan are already in.

 

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Polly Walden
Polly Walden

Ossoff is an idiot. He is nothing but pelosi's and sorros's lap dog.

Thomas Rich
Thomas Rich

Since Montana went to Red, yesterday? Assoff is a wash. Draining the swamp. Melting the snow.

David K Wilson
David K Wilson

He won't swing many thinking conservatives. It is obvious he is an Obama/Clinton big government Democrat.

Ryan Garrett
Ryan Garrett

At the end of the day, the people of the 6th district will decide. Not reporters or other mainstream media.

William
William

Oops! I think he just lost Pelosi. He sounds more and more like an Independent. That suits me just fine. Can't wait to vote for Ossoff!

Pat Smith
Pat Smith

Ossoff total destruction...he looks and sounds sneaky and crooked.

Jerry Stanick
Jerry Stanick

Think people, the only thing this clown can do is follow the dictates of people like pelosi. Do you think the people funding him to the hilt will expect NOTHING in return. He will be one of over 430 representatives. He can only make promises but can guarantee to get nothing actually done. I will never understand why people even listen to this kind of political sewage. It's meaningless folks.

Mariette Nicholas
Mariette Nicholas

That's funny. The Dems won't like that at all! Bet you they make him walk that one back.

Wade W Johnson
Wade W Johnson

Ossoff will say anything that he thinks his voters will want to hear..Remember the true OSSOFF is only a PUPPET for the Corrupt Democrats.

Jeff Budkoski
Jeff Budkoski

But interesting attempt at a 'jolt'. More like the batting of an eye.

Will Jones
Will Jones

Only America, founded in covenant with God, the Creator, meets the biblical signs given by the prophets for "Zion," God's prophesied "Promised Land." Ossoff and his ilk are false-Jews' serving Satan.

Chris Fowler
Chris Fowler

I think Trump wants a 2 state solution. I'm going to stick with Trump on this one.

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

How can anyone want to send him to Washington as a Dem? If he is honest he can't do anything to help this country despite saying what he is for. They will eat him alive!! If he is not honest and goes along with everything they say, he is another vote against the Republicans who are trying to drain the swamp and help this country! He may be a good man but he is on the wrong side!!

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

Look at the other option. He is the better choice.

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Liz Bracey Karen Handel won't hurt us and we may be able to get a few things passed that we need. Ossoff and his ilk will simply manage to keep things tied up where nothing will get done. Just what are the Dems doing right now - harping about the Russia connection and nothing is happening. The Dems have too much that needs to be concealed so they are doing very little else!

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

If you believe there is nothing to this Russia thing you aren't paying attention.

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Liz Bracey - au contraire,I have plenty of time and read everything written about both parties. There is nothing about Russia.The Dems are using it as a smoke screen to cover up many things that the Republicans would like to investigate. Don't you think the Dems would have found it when they were checking him out thoroughly during the campaign? With Soros money they could find out anything! And many of them have had more to do with Russia than any Republicans!

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Liz Carson Keith - no they didn't. That is why they have the special investigator who is going to be checking out their rumors. It's all a ploy by the Dems to keep the spotlight off their many wrong doings and short comings!! In the meantime nothing is getting done in this country!

Marcia Brownlee Cantor
Marcia Brownlee Cantor

The Democrats are using whatever they can grab to stop Trump from getting his plan through the House and then Senate. The news of course is using the lefts agenda to tell their tale. Looks like illegal issues are being found out about the obama team and the uncovering is being ignored by media. Time to pull together and find our own way of getting these important findings out. It's all about the brainwashing of populations into voting in certain areas. The left is working hard to make us look dumb and criminal. Looks like that plan is backfiring......

Max Gregory Anderson
Max Gregory Anderson

What swamp have they attempted to drain? Where have you been for the last 6 months? You have been fooled

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Max Gregory Anderson - it sounds like you are a little backward if you don't know what swamp? All the corruption, bad record keeping and a few getting rich off the rest. Look at what Ben Carson has found so far with HUD; look at the $16M food stamp fraud. The Clinton Foundation needs to be checked out. Then so many government depts need to be checked to see if there has been mismanagement of funds or just plain theft. Was it at least a 1,000 or 2,000. Illegals who have been drawing SS payments for quite awhile. No wonder SS is almost depleted. Then the matter of illegals being encouraged to vote in this last election. That was so the Dems little playhouse with all the graft and fraud wouldn't be interrupted if the Dems could win. All of this has to be checked out and those responsible need to be prosecuted.

Sarah Bennett
Sarah Bennett

That's the whole point to make changes and vote against the Republicans! Handel certainly can't do anything and she is not honest! He will be well groomed by Democrats! Get use to it Toots cause the south is going to be Blue again!

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Sarah Bennett In other words you are saying vote for the Dems again and have the same old same old. I don't think so - the corruptness of the Dems has to go!

Max Gregory Anderson
Max Gregory Anderson

Alethea Hudson Rogers. Fake news. Please provide evidence of this craziness you speak

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Max Gregory Anderson - I wish it were fake news but it isn't. Start reading articles on Face Book, newspapers and Conservative News. You learn pretty fast to discern what is fake and what isn't. You will read about the things I have listed over and over. The $16m food stamp fraud happened in Baltimore and there were Muslims involved. One of them was on trial today and may have been sentenced. Anyway read and you will learn!

Rhett Llewallyn
Rhett Llewallyn

Sooo having the most amount of Goldman Sachs bankers in the cabinet is draining the swamp? lol

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Rhett Llewallyn - it doesn't matter where they come from as long as they are honest!

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Alethea Hudson Rogers The Dems are trying to stop Trump and the Republicans from ruining our environment, pushing millions of Americans off of healthcare, save our national parks, preserve women's rights, protect voting rights, guard social security and take care of our public schools among other things....all the things that Handel will join the President and congressional Republicans to do harm.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Alethea Hudson Rogers share your news sources that are not fake please for this story...

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Alethea Hudson Rogers you are just too gullible...has Mexico sent the money for the wall yet as Trump promised you guys for 18 months?

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Alethea Hudson Rogers you mean you trust Trump pwho settled his federal fraud charges for millions?

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Alethea Hudson Rogers show me your evidence of illegals voting in the last election...

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Howard Smith - unfortunately if anyone is gullible its you. Don't you read anything except what your liberal news wants you to. What do you know about Seth Rich or do you even know who he was. And what about the Dems cheating Bernie out of the election. And Donna Brazil's giving Hillary the questions before the debate. You probably don't know any of this if you depend on liberal news. And yes I and many others trust President Trump. He has been open with the American people!

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Howard Smith - and surely you jest when you say the Dems want to save SS. That's the reason they have let illegal aliens use dead peoples SS nos. and draw for the past years. And our schools under the Dems have been a joke. In many of our schools STEAM is just being developed and our children are behind. Silicon Valley wants foreigners to work for them because they have the training that our children have not received. You cannot say that millions will be pushed off health care Plan because a preliminary plan was passed in the house and it was said at the time that the Senate would completely rework the plan if it was to pass.

Laurie Lane Cook
Laurie Lane Cook

Guess you haven't been out much lately . The South will stay red no matter the outcome of this race !

Laurie Lane Cook
Laurie Lane Cook

Howard , did your insurance rates stay the same and you could have any Dr you choose , like O promised ? \U0001f914

Laurie Lane Cook
Laurie Lane Cook

Howard , the "recount" proved there were more votes for Clinton than registered voters in several precincts. Stop ignoring the facts . That's why she STILL lost !

Laurie Lane Cook
Laurie Lane Cook

Alethea, you can talk till you're blue in the face , you can't reason with a die hard liberal ! They just don't comprehend.

Alethea Hudson Rogers
Alethea Hudson Rogers

Laurie Lane Cook - you are absolutely right. They don't understand anything!!

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