|Rep. Louie Gohmert|
Gohmert offered strong support for the bill, saying there was no reason to reward nations that actively oppose American positions. Several Democrats, including Reps. Hakim Jeffries and Louise Slaughter of New York, raised concerns about the provocative and un-fun nature of the bill. Jeffries likened the bill to absolutist North Korean policies. Rep. Joe Barton (R - Texas) countered, "The Democrats are ready to pay people off to start democracy."
An amendment by Rep. King to require recipient states to recognize Israel was defeated after a brief discussion. President Obama had already vowed to veto the bill should it pass.