CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1989
Funding Curb By a vote of 209 for and 216 against, the House rejected an amendment to freeze spending for the National Endowment for Democracy, blocking a proposed 58% budget hike. This left intact legislation to raise the endowment's $15.8-million budget to $25 million next year. The vote occurred as the House sent to the Senate a bill authorizing $4.9 billion for the State Department in fiscal 1990. The endowment sends federal appropriations to the Republican and Democratic parties, the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce, which use the money primarily to promote democratic reform around the world.