Legislature Chimes in on Middle East Before Adjourning

Republicans pushed a resolution through the Kansas House expressing the state’s solidarity with Israel, and condemning Hamas militants as “terrorists” after an 11-day war this month in the Gaza Strip.

The House voted 83-27 in favor of the resolution, which will be sent to Israeli government representatives in the U.S.

It inspired a brief but intense debate, with two of the Legislature’s most liberal members arguing that the measure ignored abuses by the Israeli government against Palestinians.

The resolution was the Legislature’s last order of business before members adjourned for the year.

Republicans in both chambers approved another non-binding resolution calling on Governor Laura Kelly to end extra unemployment benefits in Kansas that were provided under federal coronavirus relief legislation, in the latest attempt by Republicans to ratchet up pressure on her.