Military and Police Aid:
aid for 2003
25, 2003, the Bush Administration requested an additional $74.7
billion from Congress to pay for its war with Iraq and other "war
on terrorism" priorities. The bill includes about $105 million
in new military and police assistance for Colombia.
1, the Appropriations Committees of both houses of Congress "marked
up" (agreed upon drafts of) their versions of the funding request
(H.R. 1559 and S. 762). Neither altered the administration's request
3, the full House and Senate considered the funding request. In
the House, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts), Ike Skelton (D-Missouri),
and Rosa DeLauro (D-New Haven) introduced an amendment
seeking to cut $61 million of the Colombia aid. After 40 minutes of
debate, the amendment failed by a vote of
16, the bill, complete with $105 million in additional security
aid for Colombia, was signed into law as Public Law 108-11.
a memorandum from CIP explaining the contents
of the request.
a similar memorandum
from the Latin America Working Group.
CIP position on Colombia aid in Iraq supplemental, April 2, 2003
a March 28 memorandum
to House Appropriators from Reps. Ike Skelton (D-Missouri), Jim McGovern
(D-Massachusetts), and Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut)
the entire text of the funding request, from the White House Office
of Management and Budget (PDF format).
16, President Bush signed the bill into law.