March 23, 2002 |
With missionary zeal, President Bush on Friday sought to redefine the terms of foreign aid, as he called on scores of world leaders to join him in a new U.S. funding initiative that requires developing nations to commit to free trade, political liberty and human rights. In an address here at the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development, the president denounced "a failed status quo" that provides aid without measuring results.
July 25, 2001 |
The House voted Tuesday to protect money for fighting drugs in South America from lawmakers who argued that foreign aid dollars would be better spent against AIDS and other world health problems.
May 17, 2001 |
A deeply split House on Wednesday endorsed President Bush's order to ban U.S. aid to international family planning groups that perform abortions or take any step to promote them, such as discussing the procedure as an option for clients. However, the 218-210 vote showed that foes of the policy had gained some ground in the House since last year and that Bush likely will continue to face political challenges on the aid issue and other abortion-related fights.
May 12, 2001 |
The United States will contribute $200 million next year to an international fund to fight AIDS and other infectious diseases, President Bush said Friday. Joined at the White House by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Bush said the contribution will be seed money in what is intended to be a global program to collect and distribute donations from public and private sources.
March 29, 2001 |
Without fanfare or public notice, President Bush signed a special memorandum barring U.S. foreign aid to family planning groups involved in abortion. "It's been done. It will be in the Federal Register" today, a White House spokesman said. The action was designed to quietly preempt abortion rights proponents in Congress who hoped to overturn Bush's policy of denying U.S. aid to family planning groups that also do abortion counseling and lobbying with their own private funds.
March 19, 2001 |
Despite millions of dollars in U.S. aid, the leading Iraqi opposition group has proved so hapless in making use of the money, accounting for it, finding recruits for Pentagon training and preventing its own fragmentation that the State Department is searching for alternatives. The Iraqi National Congress is also now so out of favor in the Arab world and in Turkey that all but one of the states bordering Iraq have made clear to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other U.S.