US Senate seeks more food funds in 2008

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress want a higher figure for the fiscal 2008 emergency food aid spending. Unlike the House of Representatives, which specified that it is looking at adding USD500 million to the White House request of USD350 million, the Senate could only state that it is considering a “substantial increase” to the budget cited in the Iraq war funding bill. The U.S. remains the world’s largest food aid donor, with about USD1.6 billion in annual grants, and the biggest single contributor to the World Food Program.

Source: US Senate expected to boost food aid funds in ‘08 (Reuters)

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