WASHINGTON (APP) - Congressman Howard L Berman, Chairman of the House on Foreign Affairs Committee, welcomed passage by the Senate of compromise legislation to increase assistance to Pakistan and introduced the same legislation in the House later in the day. After many weeks of discussion and negotiation, this step now clears the way for US efforts to help create a better future for Pakistan, Berman said, hours after the US Senate passed the long-awaited Kerry-Lugar bill. The bipartisan measure would triple socio-economic assistance for Pakistan annually over next five years. Our bicameral, bipartisan legislation demonstrates our intention to cement effective partnerships with the people, leaders, and institutions of Pakistan. I look forward to seeing it pass by the House soon. The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, which has the strong support of the Departments of State and Defense, is a compromise between legislation first introduced in the House, and then the Senate. The measure triples US democratic, economic, and social development assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion a year from fiscal years 2010 to 2014, with a particular focus on strengthening democratic institutions, promoting economic development, and improving Pakistans public education system. The legislation also authorises military assistance to help Pakistan disrupt and defeat al-Qaeda and relevant insurgent elements, and requires that such assistance be focused principally on helping Pakistan with its critical counter insurgency and counter terrorism efforts. The legislation further establishes accountability measures for military assistance, including a requirement that the Government of Pakistan has demonstrated a sustained effort to combat terrorist groups and has made progress towards that end, as committed to by the Government of Pakistan. US taxpayers-and the Pakistani people-deserve assurance that these funds provided to Pakistan to shore up its counter insurgency and to fight terrorism are being used to serve US and Pakistani national interests, Berman said. Congress has agreed that such measures should be part and parcel of the law authorising these funds, and I am pleased that our two governments and our two peoples are working jointly in such efforts.