WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has approved a foreign aid budget for next year that cuts US assistance to Pakistan and Egypt.
By voice vote Tuesday, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved the overall bill totaling $52.1 billion. That is $2.6 billion less than what President Barack Obama requested and $1.2 billion below current spending.
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy cited the strained US relations with Pakistan for reducing aid and imposing restrictions on $1 billion in assistance. Pakistan has closed supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan, angering the United States and lawmakers.
The panel also cut $5 million from the $250 million in economic assistance for Egypt. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said it equaled the amount the US spent to get American non-government workers out earlier this year
US Senate panel cuts aid for Pakistan citing strained relations - The Times of India