A panel in the United States House of Representatives is considering a bill that would change how the United States issues out foreign aid. Set forth in the foreign aid bill is strict guidelines on how nations would be eligible to receive aid from the U.S. government. The Obama administration would have to lay out proof that the nation in question meets these standards.
Even with strict standards to receive foreign aid, their is a loop hole that allows the standards to be waived if deemed aid is in the best interest of the United States.
Among those affected could potentially be Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Pakistan- who has recently gained a lot of criticism for housing Bin Laden. The Middle East and Africa are the most at risk nations, with a few South American and Asian nations at risk as well.
By putting limits on nations dangerous to United State’s foreign policy, it prevents leaders and governments from receiving money or supplies that could then go towards hurting the United States or its interests. It would also cut back foreign aid expenditures by nearly $5 billion from the previous year.
While Obama has expressed support for suspending aid to Pakistan, it is unclear if the broadened bill would be supported. Others point out that by not giving aid to already weak economic nations, it fosters an environment that could be even more dangerous to the United States.