House Republicans Invite US Public to Vote on Proposed Aid Cuts

U.S. Republican Reps. Kevin Brady, Kay Granger and Eric Cantor. Cantor has put three options for cutting foreign aid spending to an online and mobile phone vote. Photo by: House Republican Conference

House Republicans are looking at slashing U.S. funding for the United Nations or foreign aid programs in their latest push to curb government spending - and they want to hear from the U.S. public on how to go about this.

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has put forward three options that the U.S. public can vote for through an online and mobile phone poll. Cantor said the option with the most ballots would go to a full House vote next week.

One option prevents the provision of U.S. aid to countries that owe the U.S. government more than USD50 million, a move that could help save USD46 million in 10 years. Another seeks the return of some USD180 million in U.S. overpayments to the U.N. Tax Equalization Fund. The last one orders the U.S. government to reclaim USD86 million in unspent U.S. contributions to international peacekeeping activities, The Hill reports.

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