U.S. lawmaker lifts hold on Lebanon military aid

A House Democrat decides to free up $100 million after speaking with the Obama administration

By Matthew Lee
Published November 12, 2010 10:28PM (EST)

A member of Congress has lifted her hold on $100 million in U.S. military aid to Lebanon's army, clearing a major hurdle to resuming the assistance.

A spokesman for Rep. Nita Lowey says the New York Democrat decided to free up the money after the Obama administration made its case that the aid bolsters America's national security and would not be hijacked by Hezbollah militants to threaten Israel.

Lowey placed a hold on the Lebanon army aid in August after an incident in which Lebanese soldiers near the Israeli border opened fire on Israeli troops. A California Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman, has also placed a hold on the aid but was expected to lift it as well.

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