WASHINGTON (Oct. 2)
Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R. NY) announced that the Senate Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee has adopted his amendment to increase funding to the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program by $17.5 million for a total of $25 million for fiscal year 1984 with over half of those funds expected to go to Israel.
The budget request from the Administration was $7.5 million, less than one half the current level of funding. The D’Amato amendment brought funding up to the $25 million level.
“This marks the first time since 1976 there has been an increase in the programs funding,” remarked the Senator. “It will allow the vital and important programs being conducted by countless American-Israel organizations to continue and expand.”
ASHA provides financial assistance to U.S. sponsored non-profit schools and hospitals overseas which serve citizens of other countries. Administered by the Agency for International Development (AID), ASHA assists schools and hospitals in foreign nations through grants awarded on a competitive basis.