Delivering testimony before the House of Representatives subcommittee on foreign operations, Powell said funding to Middle East ‘frontline states’ in the war against terrorism involves $460 million for Jordan and $255 million for Turkey. Powell said the new budget also includes $145 million for the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). ‘This initiative gives us a framework and funding for working with the Arab world to expand educational and economic opportunities, empower women, and strengthen civil society and the rule of law,’ Powell said.