Leading Senator Favors Barring U.S. Aid to Lands Biased Against Jews

Senator Thomas Kuchel of California, the Republican whip, announced today that he would support the Morse-Javits amendment barring United States aid to any country which discriminates on religious grounds against citizens of the United States when that amendment is submitted to the Senate.

Sen. Wayne Morse of Oregon had introduced an amendment to this effect to the Mutual Security authorization bill. It was narrowly defeated by a 47-43 vote. Since then, Sen. Jacob Javits of New York and others have joined in sponsoring the amendment to be submitted to the Mutual Security appropriation bill when the Senate Appropriations Committee takes it up next week.

Sen. Kuchel recalled that he had supported the Lehman Resolution of 1956 which condemned the Saudi Arabian discrimination against American Jews, and stressed his belief that “one of the fundamental principles of our nation should be that there be no distinction based on the religious faith of our citizens.” He termed the Morse-Javits amendment a “clear reaffirmation” of that principle.

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