WASHINGTON (Aug. 12)
The new Mutual Security Bill, which includes proposed grants of $73,500,000 for Israel, will be reported out by the House Foreign Affairs Committee tomorrow. It will go to the Rules Committee which will report it out on Tuesday. It will go to the floor of the House on Wednesday.
A decision to grant Israel up to $50,000,000 in aid for the reception of refugees in the Jewish state, in addition to a grant-in-aid of $23,500,000 previously designated for economic aid, was adopted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last Friday following closed hearings of the $150,000,000 grant-in-aid bill. The $50,000,000 grant-in-aid for refugee reception matches a similar allocation requested by President Truman for assisting the Palestine Arab refugees.
No difficulty is anticipated in securing clearance from the Rules Committee for submission of the bill to the House. Senators Paul H. Douglas of Illinois, and Robert A. Taft of Ohio appeared last Thursday before a closed hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support the Israel grant-in-aid bill pending in the Senate. Sen. Douglas urged an appropriation of $100,000,000 for Israel and $50,000,000 for the Arab states.