Urged on by anti-abortion activists and religious groups, the White House is raising concerns in year-end spending talks about language secured by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in the Senate’s State-Foreign Operations bill they fear could cut out faith-based aid groups from U.S. Agency for International Development contracts. Shaheen argues the provision in the bill would simply require USAID contractors to adhere to current law, which stipulates they can’t deny services to individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, political affiliation or other factors. The Shaheen amendment would require USAID to notify the committee of instances where contractors receiving family planning, reproductive health or global HIV/AIDS program funds run afoul of an Obama-era regulation prohibiting discrimination against potential aid recipients. It would also require the agency to develop a mechanism for submitting complaints about possible violations of the nondiscrimination rule. The amendment would require the Government Accountability Office to report, within six months of enactment, on the process by which USAID selected contract awardees for reproductive health and family planning activities during the past three fiscal years. Foreign aid rider tangles up final spending talks I do not have a problem with this one at all. On the other hand, I do not have a problem with getting rid of USAID altogether.