Klar, die USA sind ziemlich pleite. Also spart man, und das geht ohne Verlust von Wählerstimmen am Einfachsten bei Zahlungen ins Ausland.
US Congress would impose restrictions on aid to Egypt, Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority in a $53.3 billion bill that avoids the deep cuts in foreign assistance that republicans had pursued this year.
Reflecting concerns about uncertainty within the Egyptian government, the bill would block the release of $1.3 billion in security assistance to Cairo and $250 million in economic assistance until the secretary of state makes several assurances to Congress.
She must certify that Egypt is abiding by a 1979 peace treaty with Israel and that military rulers are supporting the transition to civilian government with free and fair elections and “implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion and due process of law.”
The legislation also freezes aid to Pakistan until the secretary can certify that Islamabad is cooperating on counterterrorism, including taking steps to prevent terrorist groups such as the Haqqani network from operating in the country.
The aid amount was unspecified in the legislation as Congress gave the Obama administration flexibility to figure out the funds.
A separate defence bill would hold back $700 million for Pakistan until the defence secretary provides Congress a report on how Islamabad is countering the threat of improvised explosive devices.
The bill continues the existing restrictions on aid to the Palestinian Authority, requiring the secretary to certify that it is committed to peaceful co-existence with Israel and is taking appropriate steps to combat terrorism.
Economic assistance for the Palestinians is in jeopardy if they pursue statehood recognition in the United Nations over the objections of the United States and Israel, which wants to resume talks.“
Natürlich ist es das Recht jeden Parlaments, über die Verwendung ihrer Steuermittel zu entscheiden. Aber diese zur Erpressung einzusetzen, ist ein ziemlich starkes Stück.
Ach so: die Finanzhilfen an Israel bleiben natürlich ungekürzt und bedingungslos.