WASHINGTON — Stuart and Robbi Force never imagined that their son would become the face of legislation on Capitol Hill.
Taylor Force, a Lubbock native and a former Army field artillery officer, was killed in a stabbing spree in Tel Aviv in March 2016 — the same day Vice President Joe Biden arrived for high-level talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
The 28-year-old’s death sparked the “Taylor Force Act,” a bill that would end U.S. aid to the West Bank and Gaza unless the State Department ensures that the Palestinian Authority is ending its “martyr payments” policy that sends money to the families of Palestinians who die or are imprisoned in Israeli jails. It has the backing of both Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and 19 Texas Republicans in the House.
Now, Stuart Force and wife Robbi spend their retirement on the phone and in meetings trying to show lawmakers the human side of the bill they hope will bring justice for their son.