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September-22-95

Helms Amendment Fails

The Senate voted yesterday against an amendment proposed by Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) which would ban U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund. By a vote of 91 to 9 the Senate passed a foreign aid bill which would provide $12.3 billion, $2.4 bi llion less than what President Clinton had requested, for international programs. On a vote of 57 to 43 rejecting Helm's proposed ban, the Senate appropriated $35 million of that amount to the U.N. agency responsible for family planning. Although the bi ll prohibits any of the funding from being used to pay for abortions, the Senate did delete anti-abortion language within the bill that the House had earlier passed.

Media Resources: Newshound - September 22, 1995