Rohrabacher dismisses GOP leadership position on aid to Pakistan

Rohrabacher was referencing comments from House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court Vote House Republicans out MORE (R-Ohio), who said on Tuesday that "this is not a time to back away from Pakistan."

The California congressman on Thursday introduced the second Republican bill that would end U.S. aid to Pakistan. The bill, H.R. 1790, lists in its findings section a series of facts and news stories that point to Pakistan's military and its Inter-Services Intelligence acting "against the interests of the United States by supporting terrorists who kill Americans and in other ways not befitting a recipient of United States aid."

The bill shuts off aid to Pakistan completely, unlike a bill from Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeA clear signal on Georgia’s future Overnight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator MORE (R-Texas) that would make aid conditional on a State Department certification that Pakistan had not been harboring bin Laden.

Rohrabacher said he hopes his bill will help keep a discussion going about Pakistan's actions over the last several years, and that this discussion will ultimately lead to a cutting off of aid.

"We've got to make sure the American people understand that we've been providing billions of dollars to Pakistan over the years while they've been committing hostile acts behind our back," he said. "The public may understand that the Pakistanis have been less than honest with us, and they may understand the Pakistanis have done things that are hostile to our national interest … but they may not know that we provide billions of dollars in aid and that we can just cut it off."