Administration moves $500M in Palestinian aid, as agencies scramble to delay furloughs
Published March 25, 2013
As federal agencies scramble to avert or delay sequester-tied furloughs, the Obama administration continues to spend millions of dollars on foreign aid to the Palestinians – and seek millions more, despite past efforts by Congress to freeze the money.
The State Department confirmed this month the administration has moved forward with $500 million in aid, and is trying to secure another $200 million from Congress. Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the aid is important, because an “economically viable Palestinian Authority” would help regional peace and security.
The administration confirmed the transfers as President Obama, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, toured the Middle East last week. Obama met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as top Israeli officials.
But lawmakers have heavily scrutinized a number of foreign aid transactions, given the fiscal crunch facing Washington. The capital was awash last week with memos and updates from federal agencies scrambling to manage sequester cuts and cushion their staff from the impact of furloughs.
After initial warnings that furlough notices would start to go out for thousands of civilian employees at the Pentagon last Thursday, the Defense Department announced it would delay those notices for about two weeks while it continues to analyze the situation.
Pretty good list of daily consumables, how about using cash to wipe instead of Koch? No wonder they make so much money, selling products flushed and thrown in the trash, made from trees. They don't have to be the way they are politically, they have large excess for themselves already. Why can't they just stop being rich a hoes and live a peaceful life?
No one said trees aren't managed. They must be as modern society uses a huge amount of trees and wastes them. I remember a teacher I had who was from Germany, who lived in poorer times. She made us write on both sides, and said they would have to erase and reuse paper when she was in school. Koch knows that consumables and growing the material from sunlight and earth is a good ongoing business. The question is why do they want more, for what? Feel good about themselves? Why can't they pay more tax rate? They can is the answer. What would change for them to pay 5% more tax rate? Nothing is the answer.
I'd guess their paper products are byproducts of their lumber company. The trees would be cut anyway. Last I checked, the forested acreage in North America held constant through the twentieth century, and increased in Europe.