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The House Appropriations Committee: Markup, March 9, 2000
On March 9, 2000 the House Appropriations Committee "marked up" -- amended and voted on -- its version of the emergency supplemental appropriations bill. In the end, the bill's Colombia provisions differed little from the administration's original proposal (see CIP's analysis of the bill). Democratic committee members offered amendments to delay the military part of the package, to add funding for domestic drug demand-reduction, alternative development and assistance to displaced persons, and to add human rights conditions to the military assistance. None of these amendments won approval.
  • H.R. 3908, Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2000, and for Other Purposes, Reported in the House of Representatives March 14, 2000
  • Appropriations Committee Report 106-521 on H.R. 3908, March 14, 2000
  • Dissenting view of Rep. David Obey in House Committee Report 106-521 on H.R. 3908, March 14, 2000
  • Dissenting view of Reps. David Obey and Nancy Pelosi in House Committee Report 106-521 on H.R. 3908, March 14, 2000

An amendment introduced by Rep. David Obey (D-Wausau, Wisconsin) would have postponed the approximately $600 million in military assistance planned for the aid proposal's "push into southern Colombia." The amendment would have required Congress to vote in July 2000, after several months of discussion and debate, on whether to release the delayed military aid.

In addition to Mr. Obey, Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco, California) and Jose Serrano (D-Bronx, New York) spoke in favor of the amendment. Reps. Sonny Callahan (R-Mobile, Alabama), Bill Young (R-St. Petersburg, Florida) and James Moran (D-Alexandria, Virgina) spoke in opposition. The amendment failed by a vote of 20 in favor to 36 against.

  • Dissenting view of Rep. David Obey in House Committee Report 106-521 on H.R. 3908, March 14, 2000
Voting in Favor
Voting Against
  • F. Allen Boyd (D-Tallahassee, Florida)
  • Bud Cramer (D-Huntsville, Alabama)
  • Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Escondido, California)
  • Maurice Hinchey (D-Binghamton, New York)
  • Steny Hoyer (D-Greenbelt, Maryland)
  • Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo, Ohio)
  • Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Detroit, Michigan)
  • Nita Lowey (D-White Plains, New York)
  • Carrie Meek (D-Miami, Florida)
  • David Obey (D-Wausau, Wisconsin)
  • John Olver (D-Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
  • Ed Pastor (D-Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco, California)
  • John Edward Porter (R-Deerfield, Illinois)
  • David Price (D-Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles, California)
  • Martin Olav Sabo (D-Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Jose Serrano (D-Bronx, New York)
  • Peter Visclosky (D-Gary, Indiana)
  • Roger Wicker (R-Tupelo, Mississippi)
  • Robert Aderholt (R-Jasper, Alabama)
  • Henry Bonilla (R-San Antonio, Texas)
  • Sonny Callahan (R-Mobile, Alabama)
  • Rosa DeLauro (D-New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Jay Dickey (R-Pine Bluff, Arkansas)
  • Norman Dicks (D-Tacoma, Washington)
  • Chet Edwards (D-Waco, Texas)
  • Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
  • Sam Farr (D-Salinas, California)
  • Michael Forbes (D-Shirley, New York)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Morristown, New Jersey)
  • Virgil Goode (I-Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • David Hobson (R-Lancaster, Ohio)
  • Ernest Istook (R-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • Jack Kingston (R-Savannah, Georgia)
  • Joe Knollenberg (R-Farmington Hills, Michigan)
  • Jim Kolbe (R-Tucson, Arizona)
  • Tom Latham (R-Orange City, Iowa)
  • Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands, California)
  • Dan Miller (R-Sarasota, Florida)
  • Alan Mollohan (D-Morgantown, West Virginia)
  • James Moran (D-Alexandria, Virginia)
  • John Murtha (D-Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
  • George Nethercutt (R-Spokane, Washington)
  • Anne Northup (R-Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Ron Packard (R-Vista, California)
  • John Peterson (R-Titusville, Pennsylvania)
  • Ralph Regula (R-Canton, Ohio)
  • Harold Rogers (R-Somerset, Kentucky)
  • Joe Skeen (R-Roswell, New Mexico)
  • Charles Taylor (R-Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Todd Tiahrt (R-Wichita, Kansas)
  • James Walsh (R-Syracuse, New York)
  • Zack Wamp (R-Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Frank Wolf (R-Herndon, Virginia)
  • C.W. "Bill" Young (R-St. Petersburg, Florida)
Rep. Sam Farr (D-Salinas, California) introduced amendments calling on the administration to add the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) to its list of international terrorist organizations, and to require the Colombian government to return any helicopters found to have been used in human rights violations. Both amendments passed by a voice vote.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco, California) offered an amendment to appropriate an additional $1.3 billion to fund domestic drug-treatment programs. Rep. John Edward Porter (R-Deerfield, Illinois), who heads the subcomittee that normally funds for treatment programs, spoke in opposition both for procedural reasons and because he preferred shifting money from military aid to treatment instead of simply adding more funding to the entire package. The amendment failed by a vote of 23 in favor to 31 against.

  • Dissenting view of Reps. David Obey and Nancy Pelosi in House Committee Report 106-521 on H.R. 3908, March 14, 2000
Voting in Favor
Voting Against
  • Rosa DeLauro (D-New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Norman Dicks (D-Tacoma, Washington)
  • Chet Edwards (D-Waco, Texas)
  • Sam Farr (D-Salinas, California)
  • Michael Forbes (D-Shirley, New York)
  • Maurice Hinchey (D-Binghamton, New York)
  • Steny Hoyer (D-Greenbelt, Maryland)
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Homewood, Illinois)
  • Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo, Ohio)
  • Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Detroit, Michigan)
  • Nita Lowey (D-White Plains, New York)
  • Carrie Meek (D-Miami, Florida)
  • Alan Mollohan (D-Morgantown, West Virginia)
  • John Murtha (D-Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
  • David Obey (D-Wausau, Wisconsin)
  • John Olver (D-Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
  • Ed Pastor (D-Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco, California)
  • David Price (D-Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles, California)
  • Martin Olav Sabo (D-Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Jose Serrano (D-Bronx, New York)
  • Peter Visclosky (D-Gary, Indiana)
  • Robert Aderholt (R-Jasper, Alabama)
  • Henry Bonilla (R-San Antonio, Texas)
  • F. Allen Boyd (D-Tallahassee, Florida)
  • Sonny Callahan (R-Mobile, Alabama)
  • Bud Cramer (D-Huntsville, Alabama)
  • Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Escondido, California)
  • Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Morristown, New Jersey)
  • Virgil Goode (I-Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • David Hobson (R-Lancaster, Ohio)
  • Jack Kingston (R-Savannah, Georgia)
  • Joe Knollenberg (R-Farmington Hills, Michigan)
  • Jim Kolbe (R-Tucson, Arizona)
  • Tom Latham (R-Orange City, Iowa)
  • Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands, California)
  • Dan Miller (R-Sarasota, Florida)
  • George Nethercutt (R-Spokane, Washington)
  • Ron Packard (R-Vista, California)
  • John Peterson (R-Titusville, Pennsylvania)
  • John Edward Porter (R-Deerfield, Illinois)
  • Ralph Regula (R-Canton, Ohio)
  • Harold Rogers (R-Somerset, Kentucky)
  • Joe Skeen (R-Roswell, New Mexico)
  • Charles Taylor (R-Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Todd Tiahrt (R-Wichita, Kansas)
  • James Walsh (R-Syracuse, New York)
  • Zack Wamp (R-Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Roger Wicker (R-Tupelo, Mississippi)
  • Frank Wolf (R-Herndon, Virginia)
  • C.W. "Bill" Young (R-St. Petersburg, Florida)
 

Rep. Farr later offered three amendments. The first would have added human rights conditions, prohibiting assistance to Colombia's military each year until the Secretary of State certifies the following:

  1. That the Colombian government has assured in writing that the head of Colombia's Armed Forces has been granted -- and is using -- the power to summarily dismiss military personnel credibly accused of human rights violations, and that these personnel are to be tried in civilian courts;
  2. That the Colombian Armed Forces are cooperating with civilian authorities' investigations and prosecutions of military human rights abuses; and
  3. That the Colombian government is prosecuting paramilitary leaders and members, plus military personnel who aid and abet them.

This amendment would also have required the State Department to issue a report every six months on the Colombian military's cooperation with human rights investigations, efforts to disband paramilitary groups and end military-paramilitary linkages, investigations of attacks on human rights defenders, estimates of civilians displaced by the "push into southern Colombia," and a description of U.S. support for Colombia's peace process.

Farr's second amendment would have added $50 million in assistance for internally displaced persons and alternative development programs. $6.5 million would have been channeled through the United Nations Drug Control Program.

Farr's third amendment would have inserted a mechanism to re-channel unobligated military aid funds to military reform and economic aid programs in the event of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas.

Farr's amendments came under Republican attack, led principally by Rep. Callahan, the chairman of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. Callahan cited a letter to him from Barry McCaffrey, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, dated March 9, the day of the markup.

McCaffrey's letter argued that the human rights conditions in Farr's first amendment, particularly the certification that military human rights offenders were being tried in civilian courts, were unacceptable because they would have required Colombia to change its constitution. The letter also urged opposition to funding for UNDCP, since the UN agency funds an alternative development project in the demilitarized zone where negotiations are taking place and the FARC is the only armed presence.

(Response to this letter from Jose Miguel Vivanco, director, Human Rights Watch Americas Division)

After brief debate, Rep. Farr withdrew his amendments, and they were not submitted to a vote.

After the committee considered the appropriation's non-Colombia provisions, its members held a vote on the entire bill (including funding for Colombia, Kosovo, flood relief and other items). The bill was approved by a vote of 33 in favor to 13 against.

Voting in Favor
Voting Against
  • Henry Bonilla (R-San Antonio, Texas)
  • F. Allen Boyd (D-Tallahassee, Florida)
  • Sonny Callahan (R-Mobile, Alabama)
  • Bud Cramer (D-Huntsville, Alabama)
  • Rosa DeLauro (D-New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Jay Dickey (R-Pine Bluff, Arkansas)
  • Chet Edwards (D-Waco, Texas)
  • Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Morristown, New Jersey)
  • Virgil Goode (I-Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • David Hobson (R-Lancaster, Ohio)
  • Jack Kingston (R-Savannah, Georgia)
  • Joe Knollenberg (R-Farmington Hills, Michigan)
  • Jim Kolbe (R-Tucson, Arizona)
  • Tom Latham (R-Orange City, Iowa)
  • Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands, California)
  • Nita Lowey (D-White Plains, New York)
  • Dan Miller (R-Sarasota, Florida)
  • James Moran (D-Alexandria, Virginia)
  • George Nethercutt (R-Spokane, Washington)
  • Anne Northup (R-Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Ron Packard (R-Vista, California)
  • John Peterson (R-Titusville, Pennsylvania)
  • David Price (D-Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Ralph Regula (R-Canton, Ohio)
  • Harold Rogers (R-Somerset, Kentucky)
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles, California)
  • Joe Skeen (R-Roswell, New Mexico)
  • Charles Taylor (R-Asheville, North Carolina)
  • James Walsh (R-Syracuse, New York)
  • Zack Wamp (R-Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Frank Wolf (R-Herndon, Virginia)
  • C.W. "Bill" Young (R-St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Escondido, California)
  • Sam Farr (D-Salinas, California)
  • Maurice Hinchey (D-Binghamton, New York)
  • Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo, Ohio)
  • Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Detroit, Michigan)
  • Carrie Meek (D-Miami, Florida)
  • David Obey (D-Wausau, Wisconsin)
  • John Olver (D-Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
  • Ed Pastor (D-Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Martin Olav Sabo (D-Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Jose Serrano (D-Bronx, New York)
  • Todd Tiahrt (R-Wichita, Kansas)
  • Peter Visclosky (D-Gary, Indiana)
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