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Senate panel cuts aid to Egypt, Palestinians

Senate appropriators voted 25-5 to "send a message."
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks to a reporter after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3O1T3

The Senate Appropriations panel overwhelmingly approved a $48.3 billion State and Foreign Operations bill on June 19 that cuts aid to Egypt and the Palestinians amid mounting congressional ire at the two pesky partners.

The panel voted 25-5 to approve a base bill that cuts aid to Egypt by $400 million, including a $300 million cut to the historic $1.3 billion annual budget for military aid.

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