US senators cut funds for Iraq police training program

By REUTERS
May 23, 2012 02:26






WASHINGTON - A US Senate panel on Tuesday voted to eliminate funding for a police training program for Iraq, saying the danger and expense were just too great after the American troop pullout last year.




"Why keep throwing good money after bad?" asked Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on foreign aid.




The panel refused to provide $850 million that President Barack Obama's administration requested for fiscal year 2013 for the program, in which U.S. security advisers are training Iraqi police. It has been seen as a key component of the US civilian aid mission to Iraq now that U.S. troops are gone.




The subcommittee's decision must still be ratified by the full Senate and the House of Representatives for it to become law.



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