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April 7, 2006
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A congressional committee approved a bill banning aid to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority. The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee on Thursday by a 36-2 vote, now goes to the full House. It includes some compromises demanded by the Bush administration, including an allowance for funds to be sent through P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, a relative moderate who belongs to Hamas’ rival party, Fatah. The bill also restricts U.S. aid to non-governmental organizations to basic health needs. A similar bill is being considered in the Senate.

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