House lawmakers want the State Department to handle aid to Pakistan.
Administrative authority for a new $400 million counterinsurgency fund for Pakistan should
reside within the State Department, not the Pentagon, according to House appropriatorsâ€™ version
of the fiscal year 2009 supplemental bill.
The language crafted by the House Appropriations defense subcommittee would effectively give
control of the proposed $400 million military aid account to State Department administrators,
since the Secretary of State Hilliary Clinton is the â€œprincipal advisor to the president on foreign
policy matters,â€ the legislation states.