Senator Graham, close Trump ally, joins opponents to planned U.S. foreign aid cuts

Senator Graham, close Trump ally, joins opponents to planned U.S. foreign aid cutsSenator Lindsey Graham and Representative Hal Rogers urged President Donald Trump on Friday to drop planned “sweeping and indiscriminate” foreign aid cuts, joining a chorus of lawmakers opposing what they consider a bid to sidestep Trump’s own budget deal. Trump administration officials have said they are reviewing State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development spending with an eye to using a budget process known as “rescission” to slash some $ 4.3 billion in aid spending, defying Congress, which passed legislation – signed into law by Trump – backing such spending. “Not only do these cuts have the potential to undermine significant national security and anti-terrorism efforts of our diplomats and international partners overseas, but we fear such a rescission package could complicate the ability of the Administration and Congress to work constructively on future appropriations deals,” the two lawmakers said in a letter to Trump.



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