by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-New York), March 29, 2000
LOWEY. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the requisite number of words.
Mr. Chairman, with great respect
to the gentleman from Alabama (Mr. Callahan), our distinguished chairman
of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related
Programs, and with appreciation that we were able to work together to
get the $10 billion into this account; however, I would just like to remind
my colleagues that, although we have made progress in investing in this
account, 37 percent, only 37 percent of the estimated 5.7 million Americans
in severe need of substance abuse treatment are taken care of, 37 percent.
Thirty-seven percent. So I
just want to commend my colleague, the gentlewoman from California (Ms.
Pelosi), for bringing attention to this critical need in our country.
It is very disappointing that
she was not allowed to offer her amendment as she offered it into the
committee, because I do believe that we need an aggressive drug control
strategy. We all know that substance abuse is a critical and persistent
problem facing every community in our Nation. It has an incredibly difficult
impact, as we know, on our families, public safety, employment, productivity.
And while we know treatment works, let us remember again that there are
3.6 million people in severe need of substance abuse treatment that cannot
get access to it. I see it all over the district. We must have better
systems if we are to help those who need help today and as we reach out
to millions of today's youth reaching a vulnerable age.
I want to repeat it again,
although the gentlewoman from California referred to the Rand Corporation
study, which found that funds spent on domestic drug treatment were 23
times, 23 times, more effective than source country control, 11 times
more effective than interdiction, and 7 times more effective than law
enforcement in reducing cocaine consumption. So the strategy that the
gentlewoman from California (Ms. Pelosi) is talking about works. It is
common sense and it is long overdue.
I commend my colleagues on
both sides of the aisle for supporting the $10 billion, but we have not
done nearly enough, and I would hope that we can support the gentlewoman
from California (Ms. Pelosi) and direct these additional dollars to substance
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