by Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Illinois), June 29, 2000
Mr. COSTELLO. Mr. Speaker,
I rise today in strong opposition to the Military Construction Appropriations
for Fiscal Year 2001 and the Emergency Supplemental bill.
I supported the Military Construction
Appropriation's bill when it came to the House floor for a vote last month
and would have supported the bill again had the Republican leadership
followed traditional procedures and allowed the two bills to be considered
Mr. Speaker, I am opposed
to giving the Colombian Government use of our military, supplies and additional
cash reserves rather than using these funds for a number of important
domestic programs. At a time when the Leadership of this Congress is proposing
to eliminate funding for the Summer Youth Program, which allow tens of
thousands of kids job opportunities in our home communities, this Congress
is providing $1.3 billion to the Colombian Government for anti-drug efforts.
A better solution would be to give additional funds to local law enforcement
officials to fight drugs in our communities and to our border patrol to
stop drugs from coming into our country.
I urge my colleagues to oppose
this misuse of allocations included in the Emergency Supplemental bill.
Vote no on final passage.
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