Cuts to diplomacy and aid approved by U.S. House panel - – Rockford’s News Leader

Cuts to diplomacy and aid approved by U.S. House panel


The House Appropriations Committee approved billions of dollars in cuts to U.S. diplomacy and overseas aid programs Friday.

Despite the panel's approval, most of the legislation is not expected to make it to law because of opposition from the Obama administration and a likely objection from the Senate.

If it passes, State Department funding would be cut by almost 20 percent next year and funding for several U.N. and international groups would be stopped completely. However, embassy security would be fully funded.

The bill is expected to come before the full House within the next few weeks.

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