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by Rep. Herbert Bateman (R-Virginia), March 30, 2000
BATEMAN. Mr. Chairman, I thank the distinguished gentleman (Mr. Lewis of
California) for yielding me this time. I do not rise in opposition to this
amendment. I would not ask for a rollcall vote on this amendment.
I do have to tell my colleagues
in the House that within the last hour, I have spoken to General Wilhelm;
and General Wilhelm says that he does not believe this figure of a 300-person
cap on military personnel in Colombia is realistic. And he does not know
where it came from.
If there was going to be a
cap, as he said in his statement before the committee, it should be properly
considered and developed. This, I do not believe meets that test. I am
not opposed to there being one. And I would hope in the course of the
legislative process that that kind of deliberation on what the cap should
be and what exemptions might be in order to that cap would be a matter
that would be considered.
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