Charles Boustany earns the distinction of the most pro-Palestinian Republican in Congress. He was the only Republican endorsed by the radical left “J Street” anti-Israel lobby group.
- Boustany was one of only 3 Republicans to join 33 members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus to vote against a congressional resolution condemning the “Goldstone Report,” which accused Israel of war crimes. (11/2/2009 Roll Call # 838 on H.Res. 867).
- Boustany offered an amendment that would have removed Egypt’s accountability for Hamas’ arms smuggling into Gaza (roll call #535, 6/21/2007, H.AMDT 371 to H.R. 2764).
- Co-led a letter to President Obama urging him to intervene in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace negotiations. The letter urged Obama to become intimately involved in forcing talks between Israel and the PA, and said the creation of a Palestinian state must precede transparency of the PA government, control over security, or a stable economy. Among the most radical leftists, the only other Republican signatures were Bob Inglis and Geoff Davis (Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan Letter, May 2009).
- Charles Boustany: Led a letter to Secretary of State Rice requesting more foreign aid be delivered to the Palestinian Authority. It was signed by some of the most radical members of the House (Ackerman-Boustany letter, November 2007).
He’s not much better on domestic policy. Boustany voted for the debt ceiling deal, bank bailouts, Cash for Clunkers, and is willing to raise taxes as part of a phantom grand budget deal with Democrats. He also supports the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. He is a true red state statist who happens to be one of the few pro-Palestinian Republicans on the Hill.