WASHINGTON: The House Appropriations Committee has approved a defence spending bill that imposes limits on US aid to Pakistan and creates a special bipartisan group to review the US role in Afghanistan.
The panel gave the go-ahead to the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. The legislation would provide dollar 530 billion for the Defence Department and dollar 119 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill is dollar 9 billion less than President Barack Obama requested.
The bill would withhold 75 per cent of the dollar 1.1 billion in US aid to Pakistan until the administration reports to Congress on how it would spend the money. Reflecting the frustration with Pakistan's effort in battling terrorism, the committee adopted an amendment that gives Congress even more power to review the spending.