House Committee Approves Funds for Mideast Countries

The House Appropriations Committee slashed assistance programs for Ethiopia and six Latin American countries but approved the previously allocated funding for the Middle East countries in its foreign aid legislation for the fiscal year 1978 starting October 1.

Of the $2.7 billion in Middle East security assistance, the committee appropriated $785 million for Israel and an additional $1 billion in military sales credit. Egypt was allocated $750 million; Jordan $93 million; and Syria $90 million in economic assistance. Jordan additionally was given $125 million in military assistance.

The House is expected to consider the committee’s bill Monday or Tuesday. The Senate has not yet begun deliberations on its appropriations measure. Under the two-step legislative process in the Congress on money bills, the House and Senate must pass authorization and appropriations measures.

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