Future of Foreign Aid

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Administration of Foreign Aid Programs

Coming Fight Over New Plan to Allocate Aid Founds

President truman's plan to give the Secretary of State power to allocate all foreign-aid funds, disclosed in a letter to Economic Cooperation Administrator Foster dated Apr. 5, is expected to kick up lively controversy in Congress when renewal of the legislation authorizing appropriations for military assistance and E.C.A. and Point IV programs comes up in the near future. A special message from the President, outlining his views on control of the funds and detailing his budget requests for the fiscal 1952 foreign-aid appropriations, is now awaited on Capitol Hill.1

Under existing legislation, Congress appropriates funds for the several foreign-aid programs, not to the agencies administering the programs, but to the President “for expenses ...

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