House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a foreign-aid bill that would restrict President Obama’s authority on providing U.S. taxpayer dollars to Pakistan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority while cutting money for international organizations.
The legislation would provide $47.2 billion in the next budget year, including $7.6 billion for the Global War on Terror fund. That money pays for security forces and police in Iraq and backs up civilian programs for counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. The overall bill is $8.6 billion less than current spending.
Reviving a divisive policy, the bill would ban federal money from going to international family-planning groups that either offer abortions or provide abortion information, counseling or referrals.
The policy has bounced in and out of law for the past quarter century since Republican President Ronald Reagan first adopted it 1984. Democrat Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but Republican George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office. Within days of his inauguration, Mr. Obama reversed the policy yet again.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says that more than 40 Americans have been recruited by terrorists linked to al Qaeda in Somalia and have gone there to fight, about twice the number counterterrorism officials had previously stated.
The government has said at least 21 Somali-Americans are thought to have traveled to overwhelmingly Muslim Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab in what began as a push to expel Ethiopian troops.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the double suicide bomb attack in Uganda’s capital last year, and members have aligned themselves with other anti-Western jihad groups.
New York Republican Rep. Peter T. King’s findings are based on his committee’s investigation into the threat. Mr. King plans to address the problem Wednesday during his third congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization.
GOP-linked groups ad targets 5 Senate Democrats
Crossroads GPS, a conservative group connected to Republican strategist Karl Rove, is releasing a new ad campaign that targets five Democratic senators up for re-election in 2012 on taxes and spending, potent issues as President Obama and Congress attempt to address the federal debt.