Lame Duck Congress to Consider Foreign Aid After Nov. Elections

A lame duck Congress will consider foreign aid for the current fiscal year (1981) for Israel and other countries after the Presidential elections next month. Meanwhile, Congress has resolved that foreign aid will be continued on the basis of the 1980 fiscal year which ended Sept. 30.

The Senate has recessed and the House is expected to recess later today. Both branches will reconvene Nov. 12, eight days after the elections, and could continue in session until the new Congress meets Jan, 3. About one-third of the 100 Senate yeas and all 435 House seats are up for election Nov. 4.

Foreign aid requires two laws annually. The authorization bill, which sets policy and financial ceilings, is in a Senate-House conference which has been unable to complete action awing to difficulties in handling U.S. intelligence activities that are included in the bill. The appropriations bill, which fixes funding for the aid program, has been cleared by the House Appropriations Committee and is on the House calendar for consideration.

The Senate Appropriations Committee with after the House adopts its measures.

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