Latest Breaking News: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged a group of House Republicans to dispose of their move for a bill that would cut payments to the United Nations and restrict aid to Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority, among other groups, a major American newspaper reported.
Clinton warned in a letter on Tuesday that she would urge President Barack Obama to veto the bill if it passes in both houses of Congress.
The top American diplomat said because the measure “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically to that end,” The Washington Post reported.
The measure, passed by the Republican-dominated committee last week, adopted a sweeping set of policy and funding directions for the State Department. While it is not expected to pass the Senate, the measure laid down a marker of Republicans’ foreign-policy priorities in the upcoming 2012 budget battle.
In the letter, Clinton criticized the legislation’s “onerous restrictions” on department operations and foreign aid, and the “severe curtailing” of dues owed to international organizations – including the bill’s provision to not pay U.S. dues for the Organization of American States, the hemisphere’s main inter-governmental organization.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Husain Haqqani said he agreed with Secretary Clinton’s views on the importance of continued support for U.S. partners and said the embassy was working to address concerns of members of the House of Representatives. / APP