Looks like someone must be reading SEB as the CNN.com is reporting that the U.S. is increasing the amount of money earmarked for aiding in the tsunami aftermath:
The increase followed criticism that the initial amount was far from enough.
The director of the U.S. Agency for International Development told CNN on Friday that the $35 million pledge was only the first step in U.S. aid to the countries that were devastated by Sunday’s earthquake and tsunamis.
“The money was committed on Sunday when the emergency took place,” Andrew Natsios told CNN’s “American Morning.” “It’s action on the ground that is needed. We will get more than enough money from the president and I’m sure Congress later on when we need it.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy Thursday said the initial U.S. offer “gave the wrong impression to the rest of the world.”
I must say that it’s unusual to see folks in Washington demonstrating what passes for common sense among the general populace. It’s probably too much to hope this might be the start of a new trend.