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….
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.