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Clinton unfreezes Palestinian aid despite congressional objection

by JointMedia News Service

April 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brasilia on April 17. Photo by REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brasilia on April 17. Photo by REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overruled a hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on Palestinian aid, allowing $147 million U.S. funds to flow to the West Bank and Gaza.

The aid package is expected to move forward even though it is not typical for the U.S. to release funding if any relevant committee lawmakers object.

“The U.S. has given $3 billion in aid to the Palestinians in the last five years alone, and what do we have to show for it?” Ros-Lehtinen said, according to National Journal. “Now the administration is sending even more. Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?”

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