Apart from reductions in foreign operations programs, the House Appropriations Committee adopted measures that restrict funding to U.N. agencies, nongovernmental organizations and several countries.
The committee approved May 17 the House 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which proposes cuts of up to $2 billion in the U.S. budget for foreign aid. The bill shows a decrease in funding for the operations of the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as the State Department and related agencies.
Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey of New York offered to make amendments to the anti-abortion provision in the bill, saying it will leave millions of women without access to lifesaving services, putting their lives at risk. She failed with a vote of 23-27, Common Dreams reports.
The committee also adopted an amendment put forward by Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia. The amendment prohibits funding to countries that allow entry to Sudanese President Omar Bashir.
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