Rep. Jackson questions aid to Pakistan, says nation was 'harboring' bin Laden

“It's clear to me that ... Pakistan has been thumbing its nose at the United States and the global war on terror with respect to Pakistan's involvement,” Jackson said. “They send us on the most circuitous routes to deliver supplies to our own men and women in the field. They constantly complain about drones and drone access. And yet the No. 1 terrorist in the world is found in their borders. And under any normal legal jurisprudence, it would be defined as harboring a fugitive.”

He said he wasn't “entirely convinced” that Pakistan meets the standard for foreign aid recipients established by Congress. And he repeated his calls for a “full airing” of the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and Pakistan's role in fighting terrorism.

The $40.1 billion spending bill easily cleared the panel, which is well known for the bipartisan cooperation between Chairwoman Kay GrangerKay GrangerWeek ahead: House digs into annual defense bill Overnight Defense: Senate approves Russia, Iran sanctions | GOP chair expects to surpass Trump defense budget | Nude photo scandal could lead to court-martial Defense appropriations chairwoman expects to surpass Trump budget MORE (R-Texas) and ranking member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)