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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clinton wants Obama to veto foreign aid bill

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked President Obama to veto the foreign aid bill voted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee if it reaches him. In particular, she mentioned provisions cutting aid to the United Nations, and restricting aid to the 'Palestinians,' Egypt and Pakistan.
Clinton said in a letter Tuesday that she would urge President Barack Obama to veto the bill if it passes in both houses of Congress because the measure “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically to that end,” The Washington Post reported.

The bill cleared the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week in an effort to cut $6.4 billion from the president’s request for $51 billion in foreign aid for 2012. While it has the potential to pass the GOP-controlled House, it’s seen as unable to get through the Democrat-led Senate.

The bill would impose “onerous restrictions” on State Department operations and foreign aid, Clinton wrote, and the “severe curtailing” of dues payments to international groups including the UN and the Organization of American States would be damaging.

The legislation’s proposal to block funding to countries that don’t meet corruption standards “has the potential to affect a staggering number of needy aid recipients,” as do proposals to restrict aid to Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority. The bill would only allow the flow of money to those countries if the Obama administration was able to certify that no members of terror groups or their sympathizers were serving in their governments.

Brad Goehner, a spokesman for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House committee, told the Post that the letter was “disappointing, particularly given the current debt crisis, that the Obama administration is fighting to keep sending taxpayer money to foreign organizations and governments that undermine U.S. interests.”
More here.

I guess Mrs. Clinton likes the idea of Hamas being a part of the 'Palestinian Authority' and terrorists being on its payroll with the US footing the bill.

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At 5:12 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't see those provisions passing the Senate but let's say the President vetoes a pro-Israel foreign bill. That's one thing he doesn't want on his record going into the 2012 campaign season.

I hope he takes Hillary Clinton's advice!


At 6:05 PM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

I guess Mrs. Clinton likes the idea of Hamas being a part of the 'Palestinian Authority' and terrorists being on its payroll with the US footing the bill."

If I remember correctly, it was only a week or so ago that we received confirmation that terrorists being held in Israeli prisons are also on the PA payroll – funded by US tax dollars that we have to borrow from China. What is wrong with this picture?


At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton continues to pressure Barak to reach an accommodation with Turkey because the United States requires Israeli-Turkish harmony:


--that is cave, concede, pay the ransom, and apologize.

For Israel's sake? Um, probably not. Obama needs Israel to throw itself under the Magical Mystery Tour bus so Obama can continue with his policy of placing band-aids over the festering rot of his Islamic outreach foreign policy. Could America try the approach of forthrightly telling Israel's enemies to just put a cap on Islamist acts of sabotage and jihad against Israel?

Not in Obama's America. Not by a long shot.

Will Bibi respond any differently than woud, say, Prime Minister Livni or Prime Minister Barak?


This ain't your father's Likud.

At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw: the swampland bog of Obama-Clinton-EU Arab League-outreach Libyan policy continues ever apace:


better they go veto themselves...

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just don't understand why the Democrats and leftists in my country [USA] continue to support every enemy of the free world and hate Israel so much. It is mind boggling.


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