The Cost of Friendship

Congress faces increased requests for foreign aid

It may be the least popular item in the budget. Yet despite withering reductions in domestic programs, funding for foreign aid has risen from $5 billion to more than $18 billion since Ronald Reagan took office. Under heavy pressure to hold down spending, the Administration this week is proposing to freeze the total amount of aid for next year. But its fiscal 1986 budget includes hefty rises in military assistance to Egypt and Israel; added to that will be an undetermined amount to meet Israel's unresolved request for more economic aid. To accommodate these increases, at least $1 billion will have...

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