Saturday, August 27, 2011

Republican Senator Calls For More Aid To Middle East And North Africa

When most of his colleagues are keen on reducing U.S. international affairs budget, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) feels that the United States should give more aid to North African and Middle Eastern countries that are currently undergoing political transition.

Sen. Graham, who was speaking before the Columbia Rotary Club in South Carolina said, “Foreign aid is a very complicated, controversial topic, particularly when you’re broke. But … it is good for the American people and the American government to reach out and help those who live in peace with us.”

Unlike the majority of Republican members of the U.S. Congress, particularly those in the House of Representatives, Sen. Graham, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, foreign operations and related programs, appears to be one of few Republicans who support an increase in U.S. foreign aid spending. Recently he said that he is preparing a reform legislation that would provide $1 billion worth of U.S. aid to Egypt.

-Nisha Noor