House Passes FY2005 Foreign Aid Appropriations Bill

(July 15, 2004)

The U.S. House of Representatives agreeed to a $2.58 billion aid package for Israel. The Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, which includes $360 million in economic aid and $2.2 billion in military aid for Israel, passed by a 365-41 vote.

Earlier in the day, the House rejected a measure to restructure aid to Egypt in the Act by converting $570 million in military aid to economic aid. Another amendment, which would have withheld aid to Palestineans in the West Bank and Gaza Strip until there is a halt to terrorism, was withdrawn. The spending bill does not specifically designate an amount to go to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The president’s budget request earmarked $75 million for the Palestinian areas, to be administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The Senate is expected to address the measure after the summer recess.

Source: Berger, Matthew E. "House approves Israel aid, but rift evident on security fence bill," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, (July 18, 2004)