Compromise Bill Would Cut One Foreign Policy Agency

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Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., approached victory in a long-running vendetta against the U.S. foreign policy establishment when Senate and House negotiators reached agreement on a compromise bill to abolish the Agency for International Development, the U.S. Information Agency and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Helms said the bill would save $1.8 billion over four years. But the spending reduction probably would be much smaller than that because the legislation would authorize President Bill Clinton to issue a waiver keeping two of the agencies, in effect requiring the president to choose the one to be eliminated.

The Senate and House passed their own versions of the legislation earlier. The action Thursday by a conference committee sends the finished version of the bill back to each chamber for final action.

In addition to requiring at least one of the foreign policy agencies to be merged into the State Department, the compromise bill contains a number of provisions dear to Helms, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. …

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