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Senate Committee Urges Government to Act on Arab Boycott Tactics

The Senate Appropriations Committee today incorporated the Halpern-Rooney anti-bias-clause of the House Foreign Aid Appropriations bill into the Senate bill and urged U.S. executive departments to implement Congressional expressions against Arab boycott and blockade tactics.

In its report to the full Senate, the Appropriations Committee urged “the executive departments concerned to give force to the sense of the Congress as expressed in this section in the administration of the foreign assistance program to the extent feasible and by other appropriate means.”

Senator Leverett Saltonstall, Massachusetts Republican, moved for the insertion of this phrase to stress that the committee sought not only adoption but also implementation of the anti-bias clause. (See page 3 for charge against U.S. Department of Commerce.)

The clause, co-sponsored by Rep. Seymour Halpern, New York Republican, and Rep. John J. Rooney, New York Democrat, was adopted by the House on September 5. It said that it is “the sense of Congress that any attempt by foreign nations to create distinctions because of their race or religion among American citizens in the granting of personal or commercial access or any other rights otherwise available to U. S. citizens generally is repugnant to our principles; and in all negotiations between the United States and any foreign state arising as a result of funds appropriated under this title these principles shall be applied as the President may determine,”

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