Dear Senators and Congresswomen:
We are writing with regard to changes proposed to Section 7008 of the annual State Department, Foreign Operations, and other Programs (SFOPS) appropriations bill. This longstanding provision implements a bedrock principle of American values and U.S. foreign assistance: the suspension of U.S. aid in the event of a coup d’état against a democratically elected government.
We write to support one of the proposed changes, which would clarify and strengthen the law’s implementation. We oppose the other as it would undermine that clarity and the law’s effectiveness.
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