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PublishDate: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 13:55

US Congress cut development aid to Afghanistan by 50 percent

A US official has said that the overall aid request for fiscal 2014 was $2,19 billion, which also included USAID’s request for $1,67 billion.

The US lawmakers have halved the development aid to Afghanistan after providing $1,12 billion for overall civilian assistance for fiscal 2014. 

According to the US officials, massive spending bill signed into law on Friday by President Barack Obama, included $2,19 billion aid request for fiscal 2014 for Afghanistan. 

However, the US officials have said it was still unclear, however, how much aid the country would actually receive for 2014. 

The officials also added that they would explore if they could use unspent money from the previous year or from elsewhere in the budget to increase the amount of funding for Afghanistan. 

Meanwhile, an official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) speaking on the condition of anonymity told Reuters, “While overall levels for the major civilian assistance accounts have been reduced, the bill itself does not include any specific cap for Afghanistan.”
The official further added, “Over the next few months, we will finalize bilateral assistance totals for the fiscal year,” using a summary that accompanied the legislation as a guide. 

The USAID and the State Department could supplement the $1,12 billion with unspent

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