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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - U.S. Agency For International Development
Top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the corrupt Afghan ministries.
The chairman of a key House oversight panel is calling for an investigation into what he says looks like a $175 million "slush fund" set up by the U.S. Agency for International Development to entice Afghan government officials into embracing Western-style reforms.
"It's all good," rapper M.C. Hammer famously said, and that's something the U.S. Agency for International Development appears to believe about the country's reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
The United States said Tuesday it is ending the U.S. Agency for International Development's operations in Russia after a Kremlin demand that the aid organization leave the country, dealing a blow to President Obama's policy of "resetting" relations between Washington and Moscow.
It was part of John F. Kennedy's New Frontier: a government agency to work with developing countries around the world and spread democracy in the process.