National Affairs: Foreign-Aid Victory

The week in which South Americans stoned the U.S. Vice President, Lebanese and Algerian rioters sacked U.S. libraries, and U.S. alliances in Europe trembled, was also the week in which the U.S. House of Representatives acted with extraordinary calm and exemplary reason. Putting down momentary anger, the House last week approved (259-134) and sent to the Senate a bill authorizing $2.9 billion in new foreign aid, $1.64 billion for military assistance, most of the rest for economic and technical development.

Not all the three days' debate, to be sure, was conducted with sweetness and light. "We have not bought any friends," thundered...

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