by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-California), March 29, 2000
LEWIS of California. Mr. Chairman, I very much appreciate my chairman and
colleague, the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Young), yielding me this time.
Indeed, I want to say to my
colleagues in the House, but especially to the gentleman from Minnesota
(Mr. Ramstad), I could not believe more strongly in his expression of
concern about the problems that relate to the demand side. Indeed, earlier
today we had an extensive discussion regarding that as we went forward
with the Pelosi amendment.
There is no doubt that America
is concerned about impacting the demand for drugs in cities all over America.
Indeed, we have made significant commitments over time during this Congress
and the past Congress. Clearly, not nearly enough money, but this proposition
today is in response to the administration's recommendation that we step
forward in a relationship with our neighboring country, Colombia, a country
that is attempting to raise between $7 and $8 billion themselves in order
to fight the war on drugs at home.
Colombia is the source of
something like 90 percent of cocaine that is imported into America. There
is little doubt, unless we deal directly with that source, that we will
never affect that piece of drug availability in the United States. So
the proposition before us today is to essentially express support for
the President, who is joining us in this effort, the effort to stop the
flow of cocaine to our country.
Clearly, propositions that
would expand the opportunities to impact demand should and do deserve
our support. I expect in the months and years ahead that I will join my
colleagues in that effort, as I ask all of my colleagues to vote against
this amendment and to support the bill in its final passage.
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