S. Hrg. 108-518: Foreign Assistance Oversight: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, March 2, 2004   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Lincoln D. Chafee: "We look forward to the testimony of all our witnesses and to the discussion of the role that U.S. foreign assistance can play around the world. Since the mid-1980s, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibilities to pass a foreign assistance authorization act. In the absence of such legislation, the job of providing guidance on foreign assistance has fallen to the Appropriations Committee. During the past year, Chairman Lugar has been pressing forward with attempts to pass a foreign assistance bill, and I share the chairman's hope that our committee in the Senate will work during the coming weeks to pass a thoughtful foreign assistance authorization bill that carefully examines existing programs and addresses emerging needs...We hope to learn how the administration's fiscal year 2005 budget request will support U.S. foreign policy interests, including efforts to combat terrorism, to reconstruct Iraq and Afghanistan, to advance education and environmental protection, to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction, to bolster our public diplomacy, and to fight poverty and AIDS." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George Allen, Sam Brownback, William J. Burns, Lincoln D. Chafee, Norm Coleman, Adolfo A. Franco, Kent R. Hill, Elizabeth Jones, Donald W. Keyser, Constance Berry Newman, Roger F. Noriega, Christina B. Rocca, Gordon West, and Donald Y. Yamamoto.

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