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Issue Position: Maintaining Parity in Military Aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan

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Congress has for years maintained parity in Foreign Military Financingand International Military Education and Training aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan. Year after year, I have fought attempts by administrations
to increase aid to Azerbaijan without increasing aid for Armenia. I do not support military aid to Azerbaijan. However, I have successfully worked to ensure Armenia receives at least as much funding as Azerbaijan in light of attempts by administrations to end parity between the two countries. I am pushing for increases in Foreign Military Financing and International Military Education and Training for Armenia in 2012. The President's request included $3 million in Foreign Military Financing for both Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the President's request for International Military Education and Training included twice as much for Azerbaijan than Armenia, with only $450,000 for Armenia and $900,000 for Azerbaijan. In fact, I requested that the Appropriations Committee provide $8 million in Foreign Military Financing and $2 million for International Military Education and Training for Armenia for 2012.


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