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Visas For Afghan Interpreters Preserved
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29 Jun 2017 03:09 AM EST

On Wednesday the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved 4,000 more visas for Afghans who worked for U.S. forces as interpreters or support staff. The effort is to preserve a program that had been at risk of shutting down.The committee included the additional visas in its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. It is a must-pass piece of legislation that sets priorities for the Department of Defense budget for fiscal 2018. The budget will be about $650 billion.The Senate and House of Representatives are currently working on separate versions of the legislation. It must be reconciled and passed by both chambers and signed by President Donald Trump before it can become law.

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