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House Passes Bill Appropriating Foreign Aid for Israel and Russia

The House of Representatives has passed a foreign aid appropriations bill for fiscal year 1994 that provides Israel with its annual installment of $3 billion in U.S. aid.

The bill, adopted by a vote of 309-111 late last Thursday, also provides a combined total of $2.5 billion in aid to Russia, another issue supported by much of the Jewish community.

The Russian aid represents a combination of supplemental funding for 1993 and regular funding for the 1994 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Foreign aid appropriated by the House for fiscal year 1994 totals nearly $13 billion. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The appropriations vote followed by one day the adoption by the House of a foreign aid authorization bill. Authorization bills provide the legal authority and set the policies for spending money, while appropriations bills actually allocate the funding.

The House was scheduled to vote this week on another related bill, authorizing spending for the State Department.

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