Cruz and Scott Move to Prevent U.S. Support for IMF Funding of Hamas, China, and Others

Cruz and Scott Move to Prevent U.S. Support for IMF Funding of Hamas, China, and Others

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
October 28, 2023

Washington, D.C.- Senators Rick Scott (R-Fl) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have filed a bill to prevent the US from authorizing any International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid disbursement to countries hostile to America.

The bill follows Hamas’ terror attacks in Israel earlier in October and the subsequent destabilization of the middle-east region due to increased hostility by Iranian proxy terror groups. 

Scott ad Cruz’s bill, the IMF Accountability Act, would prevent US IMF reps from authorizing the IMF from allocating Special Drawing Rights (SDR) or providing increased lending to American adversaries. 

The list of countries addressed include Iran, Communist China, Russia, the Taliban Government of Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

SDRs are assets created by the IMF that can be converted to cash and transferred to an IMF member country upon approval of 85% of the IMF’s board of governors. 

The US has 16% of the IMF board of governors’ total representation, which means that the IMF Accountability Act would effectively prohibit SDR transfers to the specified countries. 

“Financing countries that commit human rights abuses, fund terrorism and threaten our fellow democracies goes against everything we stand for as a nation,” said Scott via press release

Scott continued on X, stating that as “Hamas terrorists hold hostages & attack Israel, we must send a clear message to its Iranian backer: the free ride is over, you're cut off.”


Senator Cruz alleged how nefarious state actors will harness the IMF’s SDRs to finance their criminal operations. 

“Hostile actors and rogue regimes use IMF Special Drawing Rights to bolster their economies and reserves,” said Cruz. “ It is long past time for the United States to counter these tactics.”

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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