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House approves IFI increase

Congressman Brendan Boyle


By Ray O’Hanlon

Impeachment apart, the U.S. House of Representatives has been conducting other business this week.

A spending package has been top of the list and one that includes an allocation for the International fund for Ireland.

The House increased funding for peace programs in the North to $2 million as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 government spending package, expected to be signed by President Trump on Friday, this after Senate approval of a House spending bill, H.R. 1865.

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What is a substantial increase is a result of an amendment offered by Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA-02) in June to the Fiscal Year 2020 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations.

“I am happy this funding was included in the House spending package released this week. I have long advocated for increased funding for the International Fund for Ireland,” said Boyle in a statement. “As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, the on-the-ground work of the IFI is critically important.

“Brexit will have significant consequences for the island of Ireland. I am glad that my colleagues have recognized this threat and committed to increase U.S. support for peace throughout the island.

“For decades, the United States has consistently reaffirmed its commitment to help create a strong and peaceful society on the island of Ireland, and our continued involvement is important for maintaining that peace.”