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Senate Clears Funding Boost To Evacuate Americans From Afghanistan

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Legislation to lift the cap on annual assistance under a Department of Health and Human Services program that aids U. S. citizens returning from war zones or similar crises cleared the Senate by unanimous consent Tuesday.

The measure would raise the funding cap for the U. S. Repatriation Program from $1 million to $10 million this fiscal year and next, with the money in this case set aside for Americans evacuated from Afghanistan after the U.S. troop pullout, which was completed Monday.

Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the Senate’s pro forma session, where the bill cleared with no objections. Before the Senate action, a White House official said Harris’ presence was to allow “passage of a bill that will help with the repatriation of Americans coming from Afghanistan.”

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