Congress cuts aid to Saudi Arabia

The House of Representatives voted Friday to forbid US aid to Saudi Arabia, a statement of far more symbolic importance than economic. The 312-97 vote was to eliminate $420,000 (€331,780) from the $21.3 billion (€16.8 billion) Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The money has financed $20,000 (€15,800) in military training and education and a $400,000 (€315,980) anti-terrorism program. President George W. Bush considers Saudi Arabia a vital ally in his campaign against terror, which he began after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The Bush administration has praised the Saudis for cracking down on terror operations within their borders but has complained about women's rights and other aspects of Saudi domestic policies.