Serial No. 110-213: Foreign Assistance in the Americas, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 16, 2008   [open pdf - 377KB]

From the statement of Robert Menendez: "I especially appreciate the opportunity to discuss U.S. foreign assistance in the Americas, and I want to lay out what I think are the key issues which compel us to invest more in our hemisphere, in the national interest and in the national security of the United States. Issues that we debate here in Congress every day are intertwined. Issues of immigration, people leave their country for only two reasons: Dire economic necessity or civil unrest. Questions of gangs that have now spread hemispherically, narcotics, the spread of disease, biodiversity and environmental protection, global warming and making sure that terrorism doesn't take root in our own front yard, these are all reasons why I believe we, as Americans, beyond being good neighbors should be robustly inclined to make a significant investment in the hemisphere. These efforts are all connected, and they are all geared toward making a stable community of sovereign nations hopefully with a larger, growing middle class, a middle class which would have an appetite for U.S. goods and services. So I want to structure my remarks around three areas: One, why foreign assistance to the Americas is important; two, why it is not an easy task; and, three, how we can do it much better." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert Menendez, Mark Schneider, Nancy Birdsall, Eliot L. Engel, Dan Burton, and Eric Werker.

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