The Biden administration is quietly ramping up its financial assistance to Palestinians, in the latest reversal of former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
The State Department, along with the US Agency for International Development, notified Congress of their intent to deliver nearly $75 million in aid to the region just one day after announcing a $15 million commitment publicly to vulnerable Palestinian groups.
The State Department declined to say whether the $15 million was included in the $75 million mentioned to Congress, or if the two were separate payments.
The funds do not require further Congressional approval, as they were largely appropriated in the 2020 fiscal year budget.
They weren’t spent prior to President Biden taking office, however, because of the Trump administration policy blocking nearly all aid to Palestinians.