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Israel First: GOP Reps Introduce Bill Extending Taxpayer Benefits to Americans Who Serve in IDF

•, by Jamie White

Chief Deputy Whip Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.) and Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) introduced H.R. 8445 last week that would extend the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to Americans serving in the IDF.

"Over 20,000 American citizens are currently defending Israel from Hamas terrorists, risking their lives for the betterment of our ally," said Reschenthaler in a statement. "This legislation will ensure we do everything possible to support these heroes who are standing with Israel, fighting for freedom, and combating terrorism in the Middle East."

"As our closest ally in the Middle East continues to defend itself against terror, many brave Americans have decided to lend a hand," said Miller. "I'm proud that this legislation extends important protections to those Americans who chose to risk their lives in the fight against terror."

The bill benefits provide "members on active-duty status with financial management safeguards such as rental agreements, security deposits, evictions, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, mortgages, civil judicial proceedings, and income tax payments, among others."

The bill's sponsors made no mention of how the bill that rewards Americans serving in a foreign military advances the public interest or benefits the United States.

Additionally, the proposal may be in violation of the State Department Leahy Law, which prohibits the U.S. government from using funds for assistance to units of foreign security forces where there is credible information implicating that unit in the commission of gross human rights violations.