by Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-Florida), March 29, 2000
Mr. YOUNG of Florida. Mr. Chairman, I yield 1 1/2 minutes to the distinguished
gentlewoman from Florida (Mrs. Fowler).
Mrs. FOWLER. Mr. Chairman,
I rise in strong opposition to the Obey amendment which would gut the
effort we are making here today to fight the drug war in Colombia. I have
been to Colombia, and I have seen the crisis that exists there today.
To the extent that Congress
determines that emergency funding is necessary to stem this crisis, military
assistance must be a part of that effort. The Obey amendment would strike
all military assistance from the emergency funding. Should his amendment
pass, there would be no funding for the 45 helicopters needed to ferret
out the narcoguerrillas that enforce the state of lawlessness there, and
there would be no funding for training, equipping and deploying the Colombian
army's counternarcotics battalions.
The Obey amendment would retain the funding for economic and agricultural
assistance, but would take away the military aid that is needed to create
an environment in which such assistance could function. This is the equivalent
of sending social workers into a crack house unarmed and without police
I urge my colleagues to vote
`no' on the Obey amendment.
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