U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians
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In March 2009, the Obama Administration pledged 900 million in U.S. assistance to the Palestinians to address both post-conflict humanitarian needs in Gaza and reform, security, and development priorities in the West Bank. The enactment of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 P.L. 111-32 on June 24, 2009 appropriated over 800 million toward the amount pledged in March, putting total U.S. appropriations since January 2009 well past the amount pledged. P.L. 111-32 also included a provision that applies different conditions than those applied by previous FY2008 and FY2009 appropriations legislation to possible U.S. assistance to a Palestinian powersharing government that includes Hamas. Congress is currently considering FY2010 appropriations legislation H.R. 3081 and S. 1434 that would provide an additional 500 million in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians.
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