WASHINGTON (Feb. 3)
The Senate opened debate today on the controversial issue of prohibiting further U.S. agricultural aid to Egypt. A modification of the House ban was recommended by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Sen. Wayne Morse, Oregon Democrat, called for rejection of the modified version. He said that U.S. aid allowed Nasser “to finance aggression” and therefore it should be stopped. He cautioned: “Nasser, by his anti-American course of action, has abrogated any claim on his part to a continuation of American foreign aid.” Senators John Tower, of Texas, and J. Strom Thurmond, of South Carolina, both Republicans, supported the Morse position.
Minority leader Everett Dirksen, Illinois Republican, and Sen. Gale McGee, Wyoming Democrat, called for adoption of the modified Senate Appropriations Committee language in keeping with the wishes of the Administration. Senate floor debate will continue on the measure tomorrow, when a vote is expected to be taken.