12 Feb '11, 9am

Republicans plan cuts to US State Dept, UN contribution: WASHINGTON: A Republican budget plan would cut billions...

Republicans plan cuts to US State Dept, UN contribution: WASHINGTON: A Republican budget plan would cut billions...

WASHINGTON: A Republican budget plan would cut billions of dollars in spending on the State Department and foreign programs, including US contributions to the United Nations. The proposed cuts, announced Friday, are part of an overall Republican effort in the House of Representatives to reduce spending by $100 billion over the next seven months. Leaders in the Democrat-controlled Senate say the proposals are unrealistic. The planned cuts to State Department and foreign operations amount to $3.8 billion, or an eight per cent reduction from last year. "I will ensure that our foreign aid is not used as a stimulus bill for foreign countries," Republican congresswoman Kay Granger, who chairs a budget subcommittee, said in a statement. The bill proposes "scaling back contributions to the United Nations and other international organizations, and eliminating wasteful, duplicative ...

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