Bush Will Ignore Congressional Ban on Aid to Saudi Arabia
Friday, June 23, 2006 / 27 Sivan 5766
(IsraelNN.com) Officials in the Bush administration said the American President will use his power of waiver to ignore a recent Congressional measure to reduce aid to Saudi Arabia.
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly agreed earlier this month to deny $420,000 for the Arab country’s participation in anti-terrorism training supported by the American military. Congressmen passed the aid-reduction measure because Saudi Arabia has not blocked financing al Qaeda terrorists groups outside of the country, according to Middle East Newsline.
Earlier this month, the US Congress passed the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2007, which explicity prohibited aid to Saudi Arabia. According to this story, from the Israeli National News website, the Bush Administration has used its executive power to waive that prohibition.