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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senate Bill Would Cut USAID

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a bill to abolish three independent foreign policy agencies of the U.S. government and merge them in shrunken form into a reorganized State Department.

Barring a revolt on the Senate floor -- unlikely, given the solid Republican support for the measure and a pledge from Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole to push the bill through by July 4 -- the vote appears to doom the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the U.S. Information Agency and the Agency for International Development, which administers foreign aid.

They would be sharply reduced in size and mission over the next two years, then merged into the State Department.

A similar measure has been approved by the House International Relations Committee.

Several thousand jobs would be abolished, and USAID posts overseas would be eliminated.