Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee, opposed the panelís funding bill Tuesday and urged for its veto by the President.
She called for a higher level of investment in key areas such as debt relief, AIDS, and international family planning. "The billís treatment of debt relief is devastating to poor nations in the Southern Hemisphere; it ignores HIV/AIDS as a humanitarian disaster; and it contains oppressive restrictions on international family planning," Pelosi said. "I hope that the President will veto it."
In the subcommittee debate on support for Israel, Pelosi opposed Chairman Rep. Sonny Callahan (R-AL) in his attempt to withhold $250 million of Israelís funding because of a pending Israeli weapons sale to China.
"The Israeli sale of an AWACs-like weapons system to China must not go through," she said. But she argued that the Callahan amendment was not in furtherance of stopping the sale and urged Rep. Callahan to give the Israelis and the U.S. time to work for a resolution that is in the national interest.
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