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Lawmakers call on Treasury to take tougher stance on Hamas in Qatar

Lawmakers call on Treasury to take tougher stance on Hamas in Qatar
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A group of lawmakers on Monday called on Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' MORE to take a tougher stance on the terrorist group Hamas in Qatar.

In a letter addressed to Mnuchin, 19 members of Congress from both parties expressed concern that a joint statement earlier this year from Mnuchin and Qatari officials about cracking down on terrorist financiers did not address Hamas.

“As state sponsors of terror such as Iran renew their financial support for Hamas, it is critical that the United States isolate and counter Hamas by cutting the terrorist organization at its source,” the lawmakers wrote.

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Among the lawmakers who signed the letter were Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Democrat Gottheimer wins reelection in New Jersey Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats MORE (D-N.J.), Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida become the third state to cross 1 million COVID-19 cases The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans MORE (R-Fla.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocrats eye Dec. 11 exit for House due to COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Barr splits with Trump on election; pardon controversy North Carolina GOP congressman tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-N.C.), Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members House adjusts format for dinner with new members after criticism Former GOP congressman calls for Biden to receive presidential briefings MORE (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartCountering China's influence in the Caribbean with a second Caribbean Basin Initiative House Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), Chuck FleischmannCharles (Chuck) Joseph FleischmannDemocrats may bring DHS bill to House floor GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says public health threat of loneliness compounded by COVID-19; Trump says task force will 'evolve' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertCapitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Texas).

 

“We must have clear and verifiable steps to crack down on financial support for all terrorist organizations, especially Hamas,” the lawmakers wrote.

Earlier this year, four Middle East nations imposed a blockade against Qatar over allegations of funding terrorism, as well as its relations with Iran.

President Trump previously called Qatar “a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level.”