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Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' $4.3B cut to foreign aid

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber MORE (D-Calif.) warned that proposed cuts to foreign aid already appropriated by Congress could put a budget deal with the White House in jeopardy in a Sunday letter to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinOn The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Mnuchin expected to launch investment fund seeking backing from Persian Gulf region: report Larry Kudlow debuts to big ratings on Fox Business Network MORE.

“I request that you work within the Administration to stop this proposed rescission, which GAO [Government Accountability Office] states is illegal, which violates the good faith of our budget negotiations, which important Republicans say is ill-advised, and which overrides Congress’ most fundamental Constitutional power,” Pelosi wrote in the letter to Mnuchin.

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Pelosi enclosed a letter from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Progressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE (R-S.C.) and Rep. Hal RogersHarold (Hal) Dallas RogersSix ways to visualize a divided America READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (R-Ky.), the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, expressing their own concerns about the proposed $4.3 billion in cuts to State Department and United States Agency for International Development funding.

The Speaker also included a bipartisan letter warning against a new rescission package signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelProgressives target Manchin, Sinema with new PAC State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment MORE (D-N.Y.) and ranking member Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulBiden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Hillicon Valley: Companies urge action at SolarWinds hearing | Facebook lifts Australian news ban | Biden to take action against Russia in 'weeks' Lawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office MORE (D-Texas) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

"A move to rescind funding absent policy input from the Department of State and USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] only undermines our national security interests and emboldens our adversaries,” Rogers and Graham wrote. “We strongly urge you to reconsider this approach.”

Other members of the Appropriations Committee also warned against the attempted rescission Friday.

“The Trump administration’s continued efforts to illegally withhold funding that Congress has approved subverts critical norms in our democratic process," Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency This week: Trump's grip on Hill allies faces test Trump signs .3T relief, spending package MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement to The Hill on Friday.

"We are insisting that the administration spend the appropriated foreign assistance funds, and are working with GAO to make sure the law is followed," she added.