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House panel OKs sharp cuts for U.S. diplomacy, aid

By Bradley Klapper

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:18 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013

WASHINGTON » A House panel has approved cutting billions of dollars in U.S. diplomacy and overseas aid programs.

Much in the legislation is unlikely to become law. It would slash State Department's funding next year by almost 20 percent and completely halt funding for several U.N. and international organizations.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill today, and the full House will consider it in coming weeks.

The Obama administration opposes it, and the Senate is likely to object, too.

Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas points out embassy security would be fully funded. That is sensitive because of last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York says some proposed cuts are "deeply troubling," but she didn't vote against the bill.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Keep the money in the USA. Stop pumping billions to countries that hate us anyway. For that matter, syop pumping billions to countries that like us. Just keep the money at home.
on July 19,2013 | 08:04AM
cojef wrote:
Suffer the furloughs or stop the madness of playing Santa Claus to the world, especially countries that wants to us in.
on July 19,2013 | 08:25AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Most people are tired of the U.S. playing Santa Claus but most people vote for the same people that want to give aid to countries that don't like us. The only way to stop financial aid to counties that don't like us is to vote for candidates that support cutting off aid to unfriendly countries and limit or reduce aid to friendly countries. As a taxpayer, I work and pay taxes to support our government, not foreign governments. Unfortunately, the only way to change anything in D.C. is by way of the ballot box.
on July 19,2013 | 09:49AM
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