A United States House of Representatives committee approved a bill Thursday that would give Egypt $1.7 billion (â‚¬1.3 billion) after rejecting a Democratic lawmaker's effort to withhold some of the aid until the country makes political reforms.
On a voice vote, the House Appropriations Committee signed off on a $21.3 billion (â‚¬16.7 billion) measure that would pay for a range of foreign assistance programs for the budget year that begins October 1.
The bill would provide $3.4 billion (â‚¬2.6 billion) to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide, $2.4 billion (â‚¬1.8 billion) in aid for Israel, and $2 billion (â‚¬1.5 billion) for the administration's hallmark program designed to reward developing nations for a commitment to democracy.
On Egypt, the bill fully funds President George W. Bush's request, including $50 million (â‚¬39 million) for programs encouraging democratic reforms and $50 million (â‚¬39.2 million) for education. Money would be withheld until Egypt reformed certain parts of its financial sector.
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