As much as $929.5 million, or twice the president’s request, is provided in new economic support funds for Pakistan, for example. But House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey said he was “very dubious” about the chances of success in the region and wants a “fish or cut bait” assessment in a year’s time that will determine how long the U.S. continues on this path.
“It gives the president one year to demonstrate what he can do,” said the Wisconsin Democrat. “It gives him ample resources.”
Much as the administration may wince, Obey draws a parallel between today and 40 years ago, when he first came to Congress in the spring of 1969 and gave Richard Nixon a year to make progress in Vietnam.