Serial No. 112-156: Drug Enforcement Administration, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, June 20, 2012   [open pdf - 539KB]

This is the June 20, 2012 hearing on "Drug Enforcement Administration," held before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. From the opening statement of F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.: "The Subcommittee will come to order. I would like to welcome Administrator Leonhart and thank her for testifying before the Subcommittee this morning. We all appreciate the DEA's [Drug Enforcement Administration] efforts and great strides it has made to combat the increasingly dangerous drug trade. The Administrator's testimony comes at a timely moment as the war on drugs approaches a potential crossroads. On July 1, Mexico will elect a new president. By all accounts, Enrique Pena Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI], is leading the field. The PRI Government has governed Mexico for 71 years, until 2000. While in power, the PRI minimized violence by turning a blind eye to the cartels. The current president, Felipe Calderon, has changed that strategy and aggressively confronted organized crime. As mentioned in your testimony, the key to the DEA's success along the Southwest border is our relationship with the Government of Mexico. You have characterized that relationship as at an all-time high, but are worried that our relationship could be at a high-water mark, with the impending change in the office of president." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Robert C. Scott, John Conyers, Jr., Michele M. Leonhart, Steve Cohen, and Judy Chu.

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