President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk through the Crypt of the Capitol for Donald Trumps inauguration ceremony, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. REUTERS/J. Scott Applewhite/Pool
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Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said. The Obama administration had for some time been pressing for the release of the money for the Palestinian Authority, which comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development and is to be used for humanitarian aid in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, to support political and security reforms as well as help prepare for good governance and the rule of law in a future Palestinian state, according to the notification sent to Congress.
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