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07 May 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Dan Robinson

U.S. strategies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, continuing support for Iraq, and Middle East peace efforts figured highly in debate Thursday in a key House of Representatives committee. Debate on these issues occurred as the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2009 Supplemental Bill funding ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting economic and other needs in Pakistan:

At just over $94 billion, the measure exceeds President Obama's initial request by more than $9 billion. Of the total, $81.6 billion is for U.S.

25 Jan 2009 description

Jan 25 (Reuters) - There is growing support for an overhaul of the way the United States distributes foreign assistance as President Barack Obama seeks to rebuild America's global leadership. Leading Democrats and Republicans say they want to rewrite legislation governing foreign aid that dates back nearly 50 years.

Here are some facts about U.S. foreign aid:

* Almost 50 percent of U.S. international assistance goes to six countries that are Washington's allies in the campaigns against terror and drug trafficking.

* The biggest portion of U.S.