WASHINGTON (Aug. 6)
The House Appropriations Committee today approved a bill releasing more than $3, 500, 000 in Israeli pounds sterling for distribution among scores of Israeli cultural organizations.
The fund has been accumulating for five years in payments for books and magazines as well as other educational materials exported from America. The exporters were paid in U. S. dollars by the American Government under the foreign aid program.
To enable the International Cooperation Administration in Jerusalem to release the foreign exchange, Congress must pass an appropriation bill. In the last Congress such a measure was snagged for technical and parliamentary reasons.
Rep. John Rooney, of Brooklyn, N. Y. , included the item in a big supplemental appropriations bill which was reported out of committee this morning and on which the House began working this afternoon. Rep. Rooney told the J. T. A. he was confident of House passage this week.