Senator Gruening Proposes Amendment Denying U.S. Aid to Egypt

Senator Ernest Gruening, Alaska Democrat, proposed a new amendment to the Foreign Assistance Bill which forbids any aid to Egypt. This amendment does not give any discretion to the President to announce this aid as essential to the national interest of the United States, as is the case with a similar amendment introduced previously.

Meanwhile, the Senate had adopted an amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill which would deny American aid to eight Arab states and other nations who are in arrears in their assessments to the United Nations. Under the terms of the amendment, the President has discretion to override the ban if it is in the “national interest.” The House will have to vote on the proposal.

Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Egypt and Yemen are in arrears for the regular U.N. budget, the U.N. Congo force and the U.N. Emergency Force in the Gaza Strip. Lebanon and Saudi Arabia owe for the Congo assessment and Jordan owes for UNEF.

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