Senate orders gradual reduction of military aid to Pakistan

The amendment, penned by Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerOvernight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes Dem leaders defend overriding 9/11 bill veto GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override MORE (R-Tenn.), comes as the near future of the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. has been put into question as a result of a NATO airstrike on two Pakistani military outposts last week that took the life of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

“This amendment asks for certain reporting to take place from the Pentagon and for them to work at ways of diminishing this reimbursement over time as we wind down our operations in Afghanistan,” said Corker, explaining the amendment from the Senate floor.

Corker, however, said his amendment was designed in such a way as to avoid further provocation against Pakistan.

“This amendment has been drafted in such a way so as to not further escalate tensions between us and the government of Pakistan,” said Corker, who also described it as a “good government” amendment. 

Floor managers for the underlying bill, Sens. Carl LevinCarl LevinThe Fed and a return to banking simplicity What Our presidential candidates can learn from Elmo Zumwalt Will there be a 50-50 Senate next year? MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn McCainKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq MORE (R-Ariz.), approved of the amendment, as well as expressed suspicion about the allegiance of some factions inside Pakistan’s military. Both senators also conveyed condolences for the soldiers who perished in those NATO airstrikes.