WASHINGTON — The Senate passed and sent to the White House today legislation which would force the Palestine Liberation Organization office in the United States to close and authorize payment of $300 million overdue in U.S. payments to the United Nations.
The items were included in a two-year, $9.3-billion authorization bill, which was passed by voice vote in the Senate. The House passed the bill Tuesday, 366 to 49.
The bill authorizes appropriations for the State Department and related agencies, such as the U.S. Information Agency and its broadcast subsidiaries, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and Radio Marti.
One section of the bill would require the PLO to close its New York office and would make it illegal for anyone to act under the direction of the PLO in the United States or to accept money from the group.