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Palestinian pact with Hamas threatens US aid

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Palestinian Authority's latest push to establish a reconciliation government with the militant group Hamas is jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats signaled that any permanent arrangement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and Hamas would force the United States to end some $400 million in economic and security aid provided annually.

The U.S. has designated Hamas a terrorist organization.

The law states that no foreign aid can be provided to any entity effectively controlled by Hamas or any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member.

The leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid — Republican Kay Granger and Democrat Nita Lowey — said the agreement clearly threatens the money the Palestinian Authority has grown accustomed to receiving.

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