Aid for Soviet Jews

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted a measure today providing $25 million to help the resettlement of Soviet Jews in Israel. The action came on a motion by Sen. Jacab Javits (R. NY). While Congress and the Administration have provided such support to Israel in past years, no funding was supplied in the Administration’s recommendations to Congress for the new fiscal year. The Javits measure restored the aid.

In another action in its consideration of the authorization money measure for the State Department, the committee reversed present law that forbids the Administration from paying its assessment to the United Nations that was used by the international body for technical assistance.

The effect of the ban on helping on technical projects which was voted last year was to bar the UN from accepting any U.S. aid. The U.S. supplies 25 percent of the UN’s total annual expenses. This amounts to $278 million this year and $295 million next year. Sen. Claiborne Pell (D. Rl) urged the repeal of the bill in committee and it was adopted by a vote of 7-4.

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