In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Is Kyl's Refugees Amendment Inspired by an Internet Rumor?

There has been a suggestion that perhaps [refugee resettlement of Palestinians] might be permitted, and we simply want to make it clear that will not be permitted with any funds in this bill.

Duly noted. Though one hopes that "suggestions" won't become the standard for future policymaking efforts.

The second of Kyl's three amendments is arguably redundant: it would prevent any of the $900 million that Secretary of State Clinton has pledged for Gaza reconstruction from going to entities controlled by Hamas ... a rule that Clinton has already set.

Kyl's third amendment would require the State Department to report on whether American aid to Egypt could be used to improve the counter-smuggling effort along the Egypt-Gaza border.