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Senators favor Pakistan money with lines reopened

Top senators back money slated for Pakistan after reopening of supply lines to Afghanistan By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Senators say Pakistan should get $1.1 billion that has been on hold for months now that Islamabad has reopened NATO supply lines to Afghanistan.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and one of the panel's top Republicans, Lindsey Graham, told reporters Tuesday that the money that Congress has appropriated should be released. It has been held up for months while the supply lines remained closed. Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized to Pakistan for the killing of 24 Pakistani troops last fall and won in return the reopening of the supply lines.

Levin said the money is reimbursement for what Pakistan has spent on counterterrorism operations.

Graham said that if U.S. military commanders say the money is critical to fighting the war, it should be released.

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