Serial No. 106-27: Iraqi Oil for Food Program and its Impact: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, March 26, 1999   [open pdf - 692KB]

From the opening statement of Joe Barton: "Since the Oil-For-Food Program was begun, $2.75 billion worth of food, over $500 million worth of medicine, and $400 million worth of supplies for things such as water, sanitation, electricity and education projects have been delivered to the people of Iraq. The program has been criticized for its slowness. In February of this year, the U.N. Secretary General reported that there are $275 million worth of medicine sitting in Iraqi warehouses that have been undistributed. All that being said, the question arises, is this a worthwhile program? I believe that we should not ignore the humanitarian needs of the people of Iraq, but I also believe that we should not ignore the needs of our own people here in the United States, and these low oil prices, which I believe are caused in part by the Iraqi oil production, are having an impact on our energy security. I will be most interested to hear from our administration witnesses today to see if they can explain this apparent policy disconnect." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: David L. Bole, F.W. "Pete" Brown, Jay Hakes, Adam E. Sieminski, Carl Michael Smith, Tom Taylor, Wes Watkins, Michael L. Williams, and William B. Wood, and Barbara Larkin on behalf of William B. Wood.

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