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U.S. Plans to Replace Economic Aid with Surplus Commodities

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has given tentative approval today to a proposed amendment to the Mutual Security Act of 1954 which would replace economic aid with $1,000,000,000 of surplus agricultural commodities, it was learned here. The action was taken at a closed session.

It was envisaged that instead of granting economic assistance to projects in Israel and other countries, as in previous years aid would be extended principally in the form of agricultural commodities. This, it was thought, would be cheaper for the United States and would also please the American farmers.