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Posted: Apr 25, 2014 2:37 PM

Updated: Apr 25, 2014 2:37 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) The Palestinian Authority's latest push to establish a reconciliation government with the militant group Hamas is jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats signaled that any permanent arrangement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and Hamas would force the United States to end some $400 million in annual economic and security assistance.

The U.S. has designated Hamas a terrorist organization.

The law states that no foreign aid can be provided any entity effectively controlled by Hamas or any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member.

The leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid Texas Republican Kay Granger and New York Democrat Nita Lowey said the agreement clearly threatens the money the Palestinian Authority has grown accustomed to receiving.

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