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The Myth Won’t Die: H.B. 1388, Barack Obama and Sending Hamas $20 billion

The HB 1388 Myth in the 111th Congress

Along with a belief in Christian End Times, the righteously violent rhetoric of the Hutaree was stoked by the belief that the current President of the United States had sent $20 billion to Hamas and welcomed Hamas members as immigrants to the United States. One of the last posts Tina Mae Stone made to her Facebook account before she was arrested fourteen months ago read:

HB 1388 Passed…. It’s bad news for us all… when people in this country is getting kicked out of there homes everyday and our government passes a bill to spend more then 20 billion dollars to bring Hamas here and supplies them with food and homes that just wrong.

In the 111th Congress that was in session, there was no House Bill to send Hamas $20 billion or bring Hamas members to the United States. H.R. 1388, the closest thing to “HB 1388,” was a bill promoting public service within the United States. It had nothing to do with Hamas. The following are all the bills before the House in the 111th Congress having anything to do with Hamas:

  • H.R. 1105, which stipulates that federal funds shall NOT be sent to Hamas or any group controlled by Hamas.
  • H.R. 2346, which stipulates that federal funds shall NOT be sent to Hamas or any group controlled by Hamas.
  • H.R. 3288, which stipulates that federal funds shall NOT be sent to Hamas or any group controlled by Hamas.
  • H.Res. 34, a resolution to “condemn Hamas for deliberately embedding its fighters, leaders, and weapons in private homes, schools, mosques, hospitals, and otherwise using Palestinian civilians as human shields, while simultaneously targeting Israeli civilians; and to lay blame both for the breaking of the ‘calm’ and for subsequent civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where blame belongs, that is, on Hamas”
  • H.Res. 37, a resolution “condemning Hamas for the recent attacks against Israel.”
  • H.Res. 66, a resolution calling on Hamas and Israel to reach a cease-fire.
  • H.R. 1359, calling for the release of a soldier held by Hamas.

You’ll notice there’s nothing in there about sending $20 Billion to Hamas or escorting members of Hamas to the United States to give them “food and homes.”

The HB 1388 Myth in the 112th Congress

Despite the easily-confirmed fact that H.B. 1388 as characterized by Tina Mae Stone did not exist, the claim not only survived but thrived during the remainder of the 111th Congress. When a new Congress was sworn into office in January of 2011, generating an entirely new set of bills, did that stop the HB 1388 claim? Of course not, although the latest version of the myth downgrades the supposed Hamas aid down to $20 million, a staggering deflation.

My Spirit Path, May 15 2011:

Our So CAlled President Just Keeps Doing What He Wants!!!!
HB 1388 PASSED
You just spent $20,000,000 to move members/supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States; housing, food, transportation, the whole enchilada.

HB 1388 PASSED
Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U.S. Needs to know….
H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs.

It wasn’t mentioned on the news…. Just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen.

Obama funded $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that did not, and will not, make the headlines..

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in “migration assistance” to the Palestinian refugees and “conflict victims” in Gaza . The “presidential determination” (ain’t that nice?) which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed and appears in the Federal Register….

See also TCU Nation on May 15 2011, What About God? on May 13 2011 and The Wild Zimarik on May 10 2011, each featuring exactly the same text.

It’s still untrue. In the 112th Congress of 2011-2012, H.R. 1388 is a bill having nothing to do with Hamas; it pertains to the supply chain of rare earth metals. There are only two bills before the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress that have anything to do with Hamas. They are:

  • H.Res. 244, which “maintains that a Palestinian government which includes Hamas must be prohibited from receiving United States aid until the government publicly commits to the Quartet principles.”
  • H.Res. 268, which “supports the position taken by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on April 22, 2009, that the United States will not deal with or in any way fund a Palestinian government that includes Hamas unless and until Hamas has renounced violence.”

Did you notice the new bit added at the bottom of this year’s version of the HB 1388 myth? In an internal contradiction, it asserts that Hamas got that aid for “migration assistance” both through H.B. 1388/H.R. 1388 and by a presidential executive order. In an attempt to make the claim credible, it references an actual executive order which you can read for yourself here. The executive order neither mentions Hamas nor the immigration of anyone to the United States. It is a dedication of funds to the United Nations and the Red Cross in order to meet the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees in the wake of Israel-Hamas military conflict, as a spending memo from the U.S. Consulate General specifies:

Of the $20.3 million in new ERMA funds, $13.5 million will go to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), $6 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and $800,000 to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). These organizations are distributing emergency food assistance, providing medical assistance and temporary shelter, creating temporary employment, and restoring access to electricity and potable water to the people of Gaza.

It is interesting to watch people who are so firmly dedicated to hating Barack Obama that they will pass around an internally inconsistent, multiply incorrect myth — interesting like watching a car crash.

11 comments to The Myth Won’t Die: H.B. 1388, Barack Obama and Sending Hamas $20 billion

  • E-mail such as this actually helps Obama.
    People who spread these rumors would never, under any circumstance, vote for Obama. They forward false E-Mail not because they believe them, but because they want to spread hatred of our president.
    I refer to these people as the Bigot Block.
    Fair-minded American with IQs in excess of 50 will work harder than ever to overcome the unfairness of such lies.

    • Neil C. Reinhardt

      HEY ROBERT,

      I am not only MUCH more experienced and more
      knowlegeable than are most of those who are as old as I am (4 months, I’ll be 78.) much less any younger “whipper snappers”

      FYI EXPERIENCE EQUALS KNOWLEDGE

      I’ve lived in three countries, ten states and twenty cities. Had more professions and have done more different types of thing than most others even seriouslay consider doing much less actually do them.

      Those who know me well know I am an extramly truthful person which some have commend me for, (And they will attest to this)

      I have a Gifted Level IQ which tests prove I use it nearly twice as effectively as most people use the intelligence they have. So the odds are very high I know what I am talking about.

      And as I am an Agnostic Atheist Activist who has been involved in the Seperatin of Church and State for over half of a century, I am informed, rational and logical enough to support more than a few things which most would consider to be “Liberal” So do not think I am some Programmed Religious Robot of the Far Right.

      The TRUTH IS the DUMOCRATS not only spread many more lies about the Republicans spread about Liberals, Obots & Dumocrats! The FACTS
      the DUMOCRATS are MOSTLY responsible for the Wall St. Failures and for the Fannie May / Freedie Mac mess!

      And Child, any person who has an IQ of 50 and above WHO ACTUALLY USES IT and WHO actually pays Attention, KNOWS ODUMA IS DISHONEST, PROLIFIC LYING, SLICK TALKING RACIST CON MAN.
      HE HAS NO HONOR, NO ETHICS & NO MORALS! PLUS HIS JUDGEMENT SKILLS ARE, ALONG WTIH HIS INTGRITY ARE IN THE SEWER!

      AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT HIM MUST BE AS LACKING IN THOSE THINGS AS ODUMA IS AS THOSE WHO HAVE THEM NEVER WOULD.

      Neil C. Reinhardt

    • don

      the only bigots I see are those that support Obama, ONLY BECAUSE OF HIS SKIN COLOR! What was that called………? Oh yeah, racist! Oh gosh, I forgot…..that only applies to whites.

      Unless you are on ‘the draw’ or are an anarchist, you could not possibly think this guy is helping this country. My IQ is over 50. Want to meet me sometime? I want to confront you Obama supporters. I travel 7 states in my work and deal with small businesses. I NEVER encounter any Obama supporters. Must be because everyone I meet actually WORK (and NOT some publically funded job, either!!!
      Let’s hear from ya,
      don

  • Diane Mitchell

    Well done! Thank you for taking the time to research this and clear it up. Although the myth was difficult to believe, so was gang stalking and the crimes related to it, and who was actually committing these crimes. But these have happened/are happening and police corruption/brutality/abuse of power/false arrests,etc. are rampant in US. So since becoming a realist, instead of an idealist, I do try to “suspend disbelief” and research the truth. It is outrageous that someone would go to these lengths to discredit President Obama.

  • OBAMA IS THE WORSt President in history. He is a Muslim and wants to bankrupt the US so that he can become a Dictator. If a Republican President had done all of the misdeeds that Obama has done the Liberals would be calling for his / her impeachment. Obama has no respect for the Constitution, He has publically said that the Supreme Court has no authority to repeal Obamacare. I sure hope that they do repeal it.

    Tom Pinkerton

    • Rick Carter

      I can’t believe it that people will post such totally untrue “facts” such as calling our President a Muslim when it is CLEAR that he is not. This along with all the other myths racists are posting on the internet are starting to get boring already. If people don’t like the President, and that is their prerogative, they can work to elect someone else. In the meantime perhaps they can be a bit more civil.

    • Neil C. Reinhardt

      NO TOM

      ODUMA is NOT a Moslem. he was basicly raised as an Atheist and as far I know, he was an Atheist UNTIL he decided to run for public office. While TODAY, for the first time in US History, a person running for office as an Aheist, and depending where it is, has a fair chance of succeeding.

      ANYWHO when Oduma realized his best chance of being elected was being a Christian, he went hunting for one he liked. When he found the one whose minister preached HATE of America and Whites, he joined it.

      He was a member of it for some 20 years until some bloggers caused the Lame Stream Media to pick up on his HATE loving preacher.

      So as far as I know, ODUMA is a CHRISTIAN!

      • Did you catch Neil’s drift? Neil says that Barack Obama joined a church 20 years before he ran for President (and 16 years before he ran for Senate) so that he could be elected.

        Man, that’s some serious advance planning.

  • milliefisher

    keep printing the truth.

  • Naughty Pine

    It is a shame that things like this get passed around. ( I just got mine today). It is more of a shame that people believe crap like this and run out and vote accordingly. It is ironic that congress has a 9% approval and yet people like this will run out and re-elect the same old tired leaches.

  • It was things like this which made me wash my hands of the GOP. I supported them all through the long years of loony, hateful anti-Bush rhetoric, but the way they’ve acted since the 2008 election has been despicable. I voted Democrat for the first time in my life just to spite my ex-party for their shameful behavior and semi-educated screeds (a few examples of which are, ironically, found among the comments to this very post).
    The Democrats have done much to displease me; but until we Americans get off our cans and develop the political will to support viable third- or fourth-party options, I’m never voting for a Republican again if I can help it.

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