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$36.5m Earmarked for Resettlement of Soviet Immigrants in Israel

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, by a 10-4 vote, adopted an amendment today to the State Department’s authorization bill introduced by Sen. Edmund S. Muskie (D.Maine) calling for an additional $36.5 million to be earmarked for the resettlement of Soviet Jewish immigrants in Israel during the 1974 fiscal year beginning July 1.

An identical provision, submitted in the House by Rep. Jonathan Bingham (D.NY) is expected to be voted on by the end of this week by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Muskie-Bingham measures bring up the authorization for expenditures on Soviet Jews in Israel by the State Department to $85 million.

The funds, both last year and in the current session, stemmed from Congressional impetus. The Nixon Administration did not request the funding in either session but it complied with the Congressional action.

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