Nation: To the Marrow

Every year Congressmen do their best to cut foreign aid to the bone, but in the current session their knives have sliced to the program's very marrow. Last week, after months of dispute between the House and Senate and still more wrangling between the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations committees, the full House finally approved the lowest aid appropriation in the program's history and severely restricted U.S. military-aid activities.

And it could have been worse. In two days of angry debate, the Democratic leadership beat back repeated efforts to reduce the appropriation still further, finally mustered a vote of 167 to 143...

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