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The House of Representatives' 2002 Foreign Operations Debate

On July 24, 2001, the full House of Representatives considered the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for 2002 (H.R. 2506). Four proposed amedments to the bill dealt directly with the "Andean Regional Initiative" request for aid to Colombia and its neighbors: Amendment No. 26, Amendment No. 27, Amendment No. 47, and Amendment No. 11.

Amendment No. 26

Amendment No. 26, proposed by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-California) and Jim Leach (R-Iowa), began the debate about Colombia. The amendment would have increased the U.S. contribution to the Global AIDS Trust Fund from $100 million to $160 million in fiscal year 2002, drawing the extra funding from the Andean Counterdrug Initiative ($38 million) and from the Foreign Military Financing Program ($22 million). The bill failed by a vote of 188 in favor and 240 against.

  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland, California) introduced the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Tuscon, Arizona), the chairman of the Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, spoke in opposition to the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. James A. Leach (R-Davenport, Iowa) spoke in favor of the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-Middletown, New York), following Leach, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-Hickory, North Carolina) spoke in opposition . [Statement]
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Houston, Texas), following Ballenger, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah, Georgia), following Jackson-Lee, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Shaker Heights, Ohio), following Kingston, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Mark E. Souder (R-Fort Wayne, Indiana), following Jones, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Kolbe spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Baltimore, Maryland), following Kolbe, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York, New York) spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Diane E. Watson (D-Los Angeles, California) spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. John L. Mica (R-Casselberry, Florida) spoke in opposition. [Statement]

Amendment No. 27

Amendment 27, proposed by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts), Peter Hoekstra (R-Michigan), Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Constance Morella (R-Maryland), and Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), reignited debate about U.S. aid to Colombia. The amendment would have added $50 million to the infectious diseases account specifically for international tuberculosis programs, obtaining the funds by reducing the Andean Counter-Drug Initiative by $100 million in military aid for the Colombian Armed Forces. The amendment failed by a vote of 179 in favor and 249 against.

  • Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Worcester, Massachusetts) introduced the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. Kolbe, following McGovern, spoke in opposition to the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. McGovern, following Kolbe, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. John F. Tierney (D-Peabody, Massachusetts), following McGovern, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wausau, Wisconsin), the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, following Tierney, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Souder, following Obey, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco, California), following Souder, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Gilman, following Pelosi, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Jackson-Lee, following Gilman, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Constance A. Morella (R-Rockville, Maryland), following Jackson-Lee, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. John W. Olver (D-Pittsfield, Massachusetts), following Morella, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Deerfield, Illinois), following Olver, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. McGovern, following Kirk, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Elyria, Ohio), following McGovern, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Peter Hoekstra (D-Holland, Michigan), following Brown, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Kolbe, following Hoekstra, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Julia Carson (D-Indianapolis, Indiana), following Kolbe, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights, New York), following Carson, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D-Chicago, Illinois), following Crowley, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-White Plains, New York), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, following Schakowsky, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Mica, following Lowey, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Kingston, following Mica, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-Kingston, New York), following Kingston, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep.Jackson-Lee, following Hinchey, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Sonny Callahan (R-Mobile, Alabama), following Jackson-Lee, spoke in opposition. [Statement]

Amendment No. 47

Amendment No. 47 was proposed by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Houston, Texas). This amendment would have cut Andean Initiative assistance much like Amendment No. 27, but the funds would have been transferred to other programs. After initial statements by Jackson-Lee, it was withdrawn.

  • Rep. Jackson-Lee described the amendment. [Statement]

Amendment No. 11

Amendment No. 11, proposed by Representative John Conyers (D-Detroit, Michigan), would have prohibited aerial spraying to eradicate illicit crops in Colombia. The amendment was debated and then withdrawn.

  • Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Detroit, Michigan) introduced the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Lakewood, Ohio), following Conyers, spoke in favor of the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. Kingston, following Kucinich, spoke in opposition to the amendment. [Statement]
  • Rep. Schakowsky, following Kingston, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Gilman, following Schakowsky, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Lowey, following Gilman, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Conyers, following Lowey, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Souder, following Conyers, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
  • Rep. Obey, following Souder, spoke in favor. [Statement]
  • Rep. Kolbe, following Obey, spoke in opposition. [Statement]
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