US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked President Obama to veto the foreign aid bill
voted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee if it reaches him. In
particular, she mentioned provisions cutting aid to the United Nations,
and restricting aid to the 'Palestinians,' Egypt and Pakistan.
said in a letter Tuesday that she would urge President Barack Obama to
veto the bill if it passes in both houses of Congress because the
measure “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered
foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance
strategically to that end,” The Washington Post reported.
bill cleared the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week in an
effort to cut $6.4 billion from the president’s request for $51 billion
in foreign aid for 2012. While it has the potential to pass the
GOP-controlled House, it’s seen as unable to get through the
The bill would impose “onerous restrictions”
on State Department operations and foreign aid, Clinton wrote, and the
“severe curtailing” of dues payments to international groups including
the UN and the Organization of American States would be damaging.
legislation’s proposal to block funding to countries that don’t meet
corruption standards “has the potential to affect a staggering number
of needy aid recipients,” as do proposals to restrict aid to Egypt,
Lebanon, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority. The bill would only allow
the flow of money to those countries if the Obama administration was
able to certify that no members of terror groups or their sympathizers
were serving in their governments.
Brad Goehner, a spokesman for
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House
committee, told the Post that the letter was “disappointing,
particularly given the current debt crisis, that the Obama
administration is fighting to keep sending taxpayer money to foreign
organizations and governments that undermine U.S. interests.”