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U.S. Military and Police Aid:
The 2000-2001 Aid Package

In July 2000, President Clinton signed into law legislation that will give over $1.3 billion in aid to Colombia, its neighbors, and U.S. anti-drug agencies over the next two years. About 75 percent of the aid to Colombia is military and police assistance. Read the proposal, related legislation, fact sheets, statements, speeches and testimony.

Summary of the contents of the aid package
A quick overview of aid numbers, human rights and other conditions, and reporting requirements in the final version of the Colombia aid package.

See also the State Department's July 27 report to Congress on the proposed uses of all funds.

A likely timeline for the near future
When do the human rights conditions apply? When do the helicopters arrive? Our best answers to these and other questions.

A line-by-line breakdown of dollar amounts in the 2000-2001 package
including comparisons of the final aid package with earlier versions
(the Clinton Administration proposal, House of Representatives version, and Senate version)

Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, 369KB
Web (.html) format, 433KB
Microsoft Excel (.xls) format, 152KB

The aid legislation, in reverse chronological order
"Precursors" to the 2000-2001 aid package
  • The final version of the aid law: Conference Report 106-701, from the House-Senate conference committee, June 29, 2000 (The committee's narrative report, with specific funding amounts, is available only in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format)
    Changes made include:
    • A different mix of helicopters: 18 UH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopters and 42 UH-1H "Huey" helicopters. Twelve of the Hueys are for the Colombian National Police.
    • A combination of the House and Senate human rights conditions, but with a waiver allowing the Secretary of State to skip the human rights certification if doing so is in the "national security interest."
    • Cuts in funding for alternative development and aid for displaced persons.
    • Removal of the Senate's environmental conditions on herbicides.
    • Removal of a House provision increasing funding for internally displaced persons.

  • The Senate's version: S. 2522, Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2001 , June 22, 2000; and S. 2521, Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001.

    The Senate's final version is nearly identical to the package drafted earlier by the
    Senate Appropriations Committee, which met on May 9 to consider its version of the proposed Colombia aid package. The package took the form of amendments to two appropriations bills: about 90 percent of the new funding was attached to the Foreign Operations appropriation, and the remainder was added to the Military Construction appropriation.

    The Senate committee's draft funding bill differed in several important ways from the Clinton Administration's original aid request and the legislation the House of Representatives passed in March. Key differences included:

    • The thirty UH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopters foreseen in earlier versions were removed, and replaced with much cheaper upgrades to UH-1H "Super Huey" helicopters.
    • Several other military aid categories are reduced by removing funding for their second year.
    • Funding for human rights protections and institutions more than triples.
    • Strong human rights conditions are added to the military and police assistance.
    • Numerous reporting requirements are added.
    Excerpts from Senate Appropriations committee report 106-291, May 11, 2000 [Link to Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version]

    Excerpts from Senate Appropriations committee report 106-290
    , May 11, 2000 [Link to Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version]

    Read a summary of the Senate floor debate, with links to speeches, and a table of key votes affecting the Colombia package.

  • The House of Representatives' version: H.R. 3908, 2000 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, March 30, 2000
    The full House of Representatives made three small changes to the version approved earlier by the House Appropriations Committee:
    • Human rights and other conditions on the military aid, which can be waived if "extraordinary circumstances" apply;
    • A requirement that at least $50 million of the aid package be used to assist displaced persons in Colombia (the administration's proposal foresaw $39.5 million in such assistance, including aid to people to be displaced by U.S.-funded military operations).
    • A requirement that funds in the bill cannot be used to keep more than 300 U.S. military personnel in Colombia at any given time.

    Read a summary of the House floor debate, with links to speeches, and a table of key votes affecting the Colombia package.

  • The House Appropriations Committee's version: H.R. 3908, 2000 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act , March 9, 2000
    The House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the aid proposal on March 9, 2000, making few changes to the administration's original package. It was reported in the full House of Represenatives as H.R. 3908 on March 14.

    House Appropriations Committee report 106-521

    Summary table [Web (.html) format, 66KB | Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, 13KB| Microsoft Excel (.xls) format, 63KB]

  • The Clinton Administration's original aid proposal, January 11, 2000
    Summary table [Web (.html) format, 114KB| Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, 21KB | Microsoft Excel (.xls) format, 42KB]

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