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Senate panel votes to cut aid for Pakistan, Egypt
Senate panel votes to cut money to Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt in foreign aid budget for next year
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A Senate panel has approved a foreign aid budget for next year that cuts U.S. assistance to Pakistan and Egypt.

By voice vote Tuesday, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved the overall bill totaling $52.1 billion. That is $2.6 billion less than what President Barack Obama requested and $1.2 billion below current spending.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont cited the strained U.S. relations with Pakistan for reducing aid and imposing restrictions on $1 billion in assistance. Pakistan has closed supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan, angering the United States and lawmakers.

The panel also cut $5 million from the $250 million in economic assistance for Egypt. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said it equaled the amount the U.S. spent to get non-government workers out earlier this year.

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