Senate Panel Approves $30 Million for Armenia, $22 Million for Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON—On July 10, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved President Obama’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2010 foreign assistance levels of $30 million for Armenia and $22 million for Azerbaijan, as part of a $48.7 billion foreign aid package.

The Senate panel’s vote comes in sharp contrast to the House Appropriations Committee’s approved allocations of $48 million for Armenia. The full House is scheduled to vote on the FY2010 foreign aid bill by July 10.

Following full Senate and House consideration of the measures, a conference committee will convene to work out differences between the two bills.

In an April 3 letter sent to foreign aid appropriators, members of the Armenian Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), called for strengthening Section 907 and allocating $70 million in economic aid to Armenia, $5 million in assistance to Armenia’s military, $10 million in development aid to Nagorno-Karabagh, and the removal of official barriers to U.S.-Karabagh contacts and communications.

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