US Senator Graham wants billions in emergency funds for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon

April 7, 2016 20:26

WASHINGTON - Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday he would seek an emergency appropriation of "multiple billions" of dollars to help Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon as they try to cope with the fallout from the war with Islamic State.

Graham, who recently returned from a trip to the region, said the three countries are facing severe stresses as a result of the political and refugee crisis caused by the Syrian civil war and the overrun of parts of Syria and Iraq by Islamic State.

"One thing I'm going to talk... about is an emergency appropriation that would help Egypt, Jordan and probably Lebanon to deal with the stresses they're facing," said Graham, chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid.

He said he also wanted money for Israel to help protect its borders, especially with Syria.

Graham said he expected opposition from budget hawks, mostly his fellow Republicans.

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