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House critic of Latin policy to back Salvador aid request

Rep. Clarence D. Long (D) of Maryland, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, has agreed to go along with nearly all of the Reagan administration's aid request for El Salvador for next year, a top aide to the chairman says. Mr. Long has been one of the most outspoken critics of US Central American policies.

Long's decision to support the $126.8 million in new military assistance for the year starting Oct. 1 is partly due to a belief among House Democrats that President Jose Napoleon Duarte is acting to curb human rights abuses in his war-torn Central American country. Long remains opposed to Reagan's request for an additional $117 million in extra military aid in the current fiscal year.

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