WASHINGTON (Nov. 15)
The purpose of Congressional legislation to appropriate $2.2 billion to replace equipment lost in the recent fighting is to restore the balance of forces in the Middle East without which peace is Impossible, Sen. Clifford P. Case (R.N.J.) said on the Senate floor. Shunting aside the objections of Sen. J.William Fulbright (D.Ark.), Case offered a bill authorizing the funds for emergency military assistance grants or for military sales credits or for both as the President may determine. This measure, he said, is in accordance with President Nixon’s recommendation. “The full extent of Israel’s losses still remains unknown,” Case said. He noted that a U.S. military mission is now on the scene assessing the damage and estimating what must be replaced and what can be repaired. The mission is expected to report its findings in a matter of days. ” It is my hope hearings can then be held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as soon as possible on this funding.” said Case who is a member of the Committee.