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Cruz, Tillis, Colleagues Introduce Bill Revoking Federal Aid for Student Protestors Who Break the Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with some of their Senate Republican colleagues introduced the No Higher education Assistance for Mobs of Antisemitic and terrorist sympathizing Students (No HAMAS) Act in direct response to the unlawful anti-Semitic, pro-Hamas encampments and riots that have taken over college campuses across the nation. 

The No HAMAS Act would revoke federal student financial assistance for students who are convicted of trespassing, rioting, or damaging property while protesting at a higher education institution. Students convicted would lose their eligibility for any federal grant, loan, or work assistance.

Upon introduction, Sen. Cruz said, “Students who have been convicted of a crime for engaging in violent protest or other criminal behavior on college campuses must be held accountable for their actions. Under no circumstances should the federal government enable this lawlessness by providing federal student aid to students who are threatening Jewish students, vandalizing the campus, and taking over buildings. I am proud to support this common sense legislation to stop federal aid from flowing into the pockets of students who willfully break the law in support of Hamas terrorists.”

Sens. Cruz and Tillis were joined by Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) in introducing the legislation.

Read full text of the bill here.