Peace Corps cuts pass U.S. House - BUT ITS NOT THE END OF THE STORY (See the end for suggested actions)
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>> House approves veto-threatened $12.6 billion foreign aid bill
>> By TOM RAUM
>> Associated Press Writer
>> August 3, 1999
>> Web posted at: 4:09 p.m. EDT (2009 GMT)
>> WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House overwhelmingly approved a $12.6 billion
>> foreign aid bill on Tuesday (August 2) that would slash many international
>> programs championed by the Clinton administration.
>> Next come negotiations with the Senate and then a likely veto
>> confrontation with the White House.
>> The 385-35 House vote far exceeded the two-thirds margin that would be
>> needed to override a veto.
>> But many House Democrats hinted they might support a veto if budget
>> negotiators don't find more money.
>> "I plan to vote `aye' to move the bill along," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of
>> California, senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee's foreign
>> operations panel. But she complained that it contains "too little money to
>> work with."
>> Although Pelosi and other Democrats said they hoped some of the program
>> levels could be raised in negotiations with the Senate, it won't be easy.
>> A House-Senate conference committee will be named to iron out differences.
>> The Senate's $12.7 billion version, passed June 30, is also veto
>> threatened. It also slashes many international aid programs while providing
>> unrequested money for a Kosovo security force.
>> Both Senate and House measures would CUT funds for the Peace Corps.
>> The House measure, in addition, would deny any U.S. funds for foreign
>> organizations that perform abortions or engage in lobbying activities that
>> change the abortion laws of foreign countries. It would also freeze funds
>> for international family planning assistance at $385 million.
>> Before the final vote on the bill after three days of debate, the House
>> approved, by voice vote, an amendment by Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.,
>> cutting $2.3 million from the U.N. World Heritage Fund and the U.S. Biosphere
>> Program, shifting the money to child survival and disease programs.
>> Members debated late into the night Monday, rejecting cuts in the
>> government's Overseas Private Investment Corp.
>> Overall, the House bill would cut President Clinton's aid request by $1.9
>> billion for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, and spending in the
>> current fiscal year by $715 million.
>> Administration officials warned that the cuts, as well as the restrictive
>> abortion language, could lead to a presidential veto.
>> The bill would provide $7.4 billion for economic aid, $3.6 billion for
>> military assistance, $1.1 billion for international agencies and $595.5
>> million for export assistance.
>> Payment of dues to the United Nations, money for U.S. diplomacy and other
>> foreign affairs funding is in separate legislation not yet approved.
>> The legislation also includes the first funding cut for the U.S. Army
>> School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. The school has been
>>blanket cuts. This would be a noncontroversial independent act on their part.
>> It also would sharply reduce aid to the former Soviet republics and would
>> chop aid to Russia by 50 percent unless it ends nuclear and ballistic
>> missile cooperation with Iran.
>> The bill is H.R. 2606.
>> *****ANALYSIS AND SUGGESTED ACTION **********
>> This Bill is likely to be vetoed by the President, forcing new Bills from
>> both the House and Senate.
>> Please contact your local offices for your U.S. legislators and find out
>> when they will be in town. Ask them to work on getting appropriations at
>> $270 million for Peace Corps Fiscal Year 2000 , so that we can begin the
>> overseas expansion. This expansion has received BYPARTISAN LEADERSHIP
>> support during the past 12 months. Thank your congressional staff for
>> their past support. But also ask them not to put Peace Corps into their
>>Let's move Peace Corps back off of dead center!
>> Contact the White House and urge Clinton to veto the currently passed
>> Foreign Operations appropriation bill for FY 2000. The conference bill
>> can't provide more then the highest appropriation recommended from the
>> Senate and the House - and both cut the Peace Corps. In addition there
>> are substantial cuts for all humanitarian aid.
>> Regardless of what political party you support if you are on this mailing
>> list then you should speak out. This is something each of us CAN do. We
>> don't have to wait for someone else.
>> Below is a list of the House and Senate subcommittees that work on foreign
>> operations appropriations. If they represent you, or you have a
>> legislator on appropriations it is important that you speak to them.
>>Regula, Lewis, Porter, Rogers, Skeen, Wolf, DeLay, Kolbe, Parckard, Callahan,
>> ------------------------ HOUSE Appropriations and subcommittee
>> The following House members, set the Peace Corps budget, by serving on the
>> key House Appropriations - Foreign Operations subcommittee - Republican -
>> Regula (chair), Kolbe, Skeen, Taylor, Nethercutt, Wamp, Kingston and
>> Democrat - Pelosi (ranking minority member), Lowey, Jackson, Kilpatrick
>> and Sabo.
>> The full House Appropriations committee can change recommendations from
>> the above subcommittee: They include: Republicans, CW Young (chair),
>> Walsh, Taylor, Hobson, Istook, Bonilla, Knollenberg, Miller, Dickey,Kingston, Frelinghuysen, Wicker, Forbes, Nethercutt, Cunningham, Tiahrt, Wamp,
>> Lathan, Northup, Aderholt, Emerson, Sununu, Granger and Peterson. DemocratsRepublican - McConnell (chair), Specter, Gregg, Shelby, Bennett, Campbell
>> include - Obey (ranking member), Murtha, Dicks, Sabo, Dixon, Hoyer, Polosi,
>> Visclosky, Lowey, Serrano. DeLauro, Moran, Olver, Pastor, Meek, Price,
>> Edwards, Cramer, Clyburn, Hinchey, Roybal-Allard, Farr, Jackson,
>> Kilpatrick and Boyd.
>> --------- SENATE Appropriations and subcommittee ----
>> The following Senate members, set the Peace Corps budget, by serving on
>> the key Senate Appropriations - Foreign Operations subcommittee.
>> Democrats - Leahy (ranking minority member), Inouye, Lautenberg, Harkin,Gregg, Bennett, Campbell, Craig, Hutchinson and Kyl.
>> Mikulski, and Murray.
>> The full Senate Appropriations committee can change recommendations from
>> the above subcommittee: They include: Republicans - Stevens (chair),
>> Cochran, Specter, Domenici, Bond, Gorton, McConnell, Burns, Shelby,
Democrats include - Byrd (ranking minority member), Inouye, Hollings, Leahy,
Lautenberg, Harkin, Mikulski, Reid, Kohl, Murray, Dorgan, Feinstein, and Durbin.
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