House Panel Approves $47.2 Billion in Foreign Aid

July 27, 2011 - 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel has approved a $47.2 billion bill that would cut U.S. foreign aid and restrict assistance to Pakistan.

Members of the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations unanimously approved the legislation Wednesday. The bill would provide funds for the next budget, beginning Oct. 1, and is $8.6 billion less than the current amount.

Lawmakers are increasingly frustrated with Pakistan's effort in combatting terrorism, especially after Osama bin Laden lived undetected deep inside the country. The bill would require the administration to certify to Congress that Islamabad is cooperating in the fight before the aid can be provided.

Rep. Kay Granger, the subcommittee chairwoman, said Congress wants to account for every U.S. dollar invested in Pakistan.

The full Appropriations Committee will consider the bill later this year.