The U.S. House of Representatives shot down Feb. 17 a bill that seeks to slash some $211 million from the coffers of the State Department in fiscal 2011.
Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) proposed to cut $211 million from the State’s multilateral assistance account, which provides financing to the World Bank’s International Development Association, UNICEF, African Development Fund, United Nations Democracy Fund and Strategic Climate Fund.
The cut amounted to 14.5 percent, a figure chosen to symbolize Nevada’s unemployment rate, according to Heller.
“It is not our responsibility to create jobs in foreign countries,” Heller said, as quoted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Our job is to create jobs right here at home and I choose America first.”
The proposed cut was the subject of one of nearly 600 budget amendments the House is examining as it seeks to finalize a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30. Early this week, U.S. President Barack Obama submitted his fiscal 2012 budget proposal to Congress.
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