Poe optimistic House will cut foreign aid to Pakistan

Poe also welcomed the Obama administration's decision to cut off $800 million in payments to Pakistan. White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said over the weekend that Pakistan's military has given the U.S. "reason to pause" about whether to continue this contribution.

Poe told The Hill that Pakistani General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said Pakistan's military does not need the money and indicated Pakistan should instead use it for civilian purposes. 

"I'm glad the United States held that $800 million back," he said. "I think it's a good decision on the part of the administration."

At the same time, Poe said that decision does not substitute for the separate decision of ending foreign aid to Pakistan based on questions about its help with bin Laden. Poe and several other members of Congress have argued that the discovery of bin Laden in Pakistan so close to an important military academy calls into question the strength of the relationship between the two countries.

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