Muskie Resolution to Aid Soviet Jews Resettle in Israel Faces Uphill Fight

Sen. Edmund S. Muskie (D., Maine) has postponed until tomorrow introducing his legislation to provide $85 million for assistance in the resettlement in Israel of Jews allowed to leave the Soviet Union. His office announced today that Senators Jacob K. Javits (R.,N.Y.), Abraham Ribicoff (D., Conn.) and Richard S. Schweiker (R., Pa.) will co-sponsor the legislation, giving the measure bi-partisan support. Both Muskie and Javits are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where powerful strength may be needed to get the bill out on the Senate floor for consideration.

Under the Muskie measure, the requested funds would be added to the State Department’s appropriation for the fiscal year which begins July 1. The Department is charged with administering refugee assistance. Senator Henry M. Jackson (D., Wash.) last Thursday introduced separate legislation calling for the expenditure of $250 million of which $100 million would be used for the remainder of the current fiscal year ending June 30 and $150 million in the following 12 months in aid of Soviet Jewish emigres in Israel and other countries. The measure has been referred to the Foreign Relations Committee.

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