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House Committee Passes IMF Funding Bill

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved legislation that would grant $18 billion to the International Monetary Fund and $505 million to the United Nations for past U.S. dues. Republicans still plan to add anti-abortion language that would forbid the granting of funds to organizations that attempt to aid in family planning. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin sent a letter to the Committee’s chairman Bob Livingston, stating, “Unfortunately, the bill’s proposed language is still very problematic and, in the end, we believe it would be unworkable.”

President Clinton has vowed to veto the bill if the proposed anti-abortion language is included in the legislation.

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Reuters - March 24, 1998

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