Yesterday, the House began a debate over a $12.6 billion foreign aid bill. Although a final vote is not scheduled until Monday, members are debating both funding levels and an amendment that would prohibit the United States from giving any foreign aid to countries with legalized abortion laws.
In June, the Senate passed a $12.7 billion bill that does not include such an amendment, but both pieces of legislation would severely cut foreign aid spending. The Clinton administration has said it will veto the bill if foreign aid funds are not increased and if the abortion amendment ends up on the final version of the bill.
Recently, the Republican dominated House approved an antiabortion amendment, as well as legislation that would give allow funding to family planning agencies that were committed to reducing the number of abortions.