WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have lifted freed up a little more than 20 percent of $187 million in U.S. assistance to the Palestinians that had been frozen over the Palestinian bid for U.N. membership.
The State Department said Wednesday that members of Congress have cleared the way for $40 million in economic and humanitarian funding for the Palestinians. The Obama administration had been urging lawmakers, with Israel's backing, to release the money as it contributes to Palestinian stability and Israeli security.
The administration is pressing Congress to release the remaining $147 million, which comes from the last budget cycle. New funding for the Palestinians will be subject to additional scrutiny and can be blocked if the Palestinians win full admission to the United Nations before a peace deal with Israel is reached.
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