McCain Opposes Cutting Funds to Afghanistan Because of Corruption Concerns

By Evan Harris

Jul 4, 2010 8:50am

In an EXCLUSIVE interview this morning, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., opposed a move by Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, to cut off about $4 billion of infrastructure spending for Afghanistan because of concerns about rampant corruption there.

“I think we need to go ahead and spend the money,” McCain said. “But corruption is a problem here in Afghanistan and it’s a serious one.”

“I do not believe that…we would succeed at motivating the government to crack down on corruption if we cut off the funds, but I also acknowledge that it’s a serious problem,” he said.

Lowey, the chairman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, which controls funding for the State Department, said on Monday she would hold infrastructure aid to Afghanistan because of concerns the money is not going to its intended recipients.



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