by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), March 29, 2000
BLUMENAUER. Mr. Chairman, this is the first major appropriations action
of the year, and already we're starting off on the wrong foot. This bill
spends too much on the wrong things and does not devote enough attention
to priorities that we desperately need to focus on.
I have major concerns about
the money being spent on additional defense projects in this bill. Billions
of dollars are provided for such spending, including military construction
projects, new jet engines and tanks, a demonstration project for an air
force base in Texas, and a military training range in Puerto Rico. Other
members have offered amendments to add billions more in defense spending.
I do not believe the supplemental appropriations bill should be a vehicle
to ratchet up military spending.
I also have concerns about
the money being put forward to help combat drug trafficking in Colombia.
Although I am very interested in seeing the drug problem confronted throughout
the hemisphere, I am skeptical that sending more military equipment into
an already unstable region will be successful. Rather, the problem will
most likely be pushed into other regions as a result.
This bill should be limited
to true emergency spending, not for additional pork projects in places
that don't need it. I urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill.
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