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Wed May 22, 2019, 03:51 AM

US house committee proposes aid boost for Colombia, but under conditions

Source: Colombia Reports

by Adam Veitch May 21, 2019

A US committee on government spending voted to increase financial aid to Colombia with $40 million unless the US government decertifies the South American country as a counternarcotics ally.

Upon releasing the bill, the House Committee on Appropriations released a statement, saying it would conditionally increase next year’s aid package to $457 million.

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The package far exceeds the $344 million proposed by US President Donald Trump, who has threatened to cut aid to Colombia since taking office in 2017, but has been ignored by Congress.

The bill still needs to be voted through by both chambers of congress before becoming law, a process that is likely to drag on until August and involve the addition of amendments.

Read more: https://colombiareports.com/us-house-committee-proposes-aid-boost-for-colombia-but-under-conditions/

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