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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 03:37 PM

US Senate defies Trump, maintains Colombia aid for 2018

US Senate defies Trump, maintains Colombia aid for 2018
written by Jack Norman September 10, 2017

Labeling United States President Donald Trumpís proposed slash to foreign aid a ďdoctrine of retreat,Ē a powerful committee of the US Senate has unanimously rejected Trumpís attempt to cut $140 million from foreign aid to Colombia in 2018.

In a strong rebuke to the Presidentís approach to foreign policy, the Senate Appropriations Committee authorized $391.3 million in aid for Colombia next year, the same amount as under former President Barack Obama for this year.

This good news for the Colombian peace process came as part of an overall recommendation to restore $10.7 billion in worldwide aid that Trump had proposed eliminating.

The move came with a 31-0 vote in the committee, meaning every Republican approved not only the increases in foreign aid over Trumpís request but also the scathing wording of the summary document.C


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