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World IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Congress Approves Soviet Aid Package

November 27, 1991|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

House and Senate negotiators approved a $500-million aid package to help reduce the Soviet nuclear arsenal and feed the Soviet republics this winter. The package, which trimmed $200 million from a measure passed by the Senate, was included in a supplemental appropriations bill that lawmakers were rushing to complete before Congress adjourns for the year. The legislation would give President Bush discretionary authority to divert up to $400 million from the defense budget to assist the Soviets in dismantling thousands of tactical nuclear weapons. It also authorizes Bush to spend up to $100 million from the defense budget to airlift food and medicines to the Soviet Union this winter.

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