House Bill to Limit Aid to Pakistan, Palestinians

By Staff | July 18, 2011 | 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel has unveiled a bill that would impose limits on U.S. aid to Pakistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority with an eye toward the worldwide fight against terrorism.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will consider the legislation by chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Wednesday. The Florida Republican released an initial draft on Monday.

Among the limitations, the bill would require the secretary of state to certify Pakistan's cooperation in the war on terror before Islamabad could receive civilian and security assistance from the U.S. The restrictions on aid to the Palestinian Authority would require that no member of Hamas or a foreign terrorist organization serves in a policy position.

The legislation would authorize spending. A separate spending bill would provide $40 billion for the State Department and foreign aid.