United States Engagement in Central America, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundered Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 11, 2016 [open pdf - 754KB]
This testimony compilation is from the February 11, 2016 hearing on "United States Engagement in Central America" before the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. From the statement of Kay Granger: "For many years, this Subcommittee has provided funding for our partners throughout Latin America. Without question, we know that what happens in these countries has an impact on the United States. Our economies, our security, and even our health, are closely linked. The latest example of this is the outbreak of the Zika virus, which is spreading explosively in the Hemisphere, according to the World Health Organization. We want to hear from our witnesses about what the Administration is doing to address the Zika virus in the region. Our countries are also connected because of migration. This spring will mark two years since the crisis at our southern border reached historic proportions. Members of this Subcommittee - and a Task Force that I led for the Speaker - took notice. [...] While the United States has a critical role to play in Central America's success, we should not do this alone. Other countries in the region have expertise, such as Colombia and Mexico. We should continue to encourage partnerships between these countries and El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We also need to ensure that other countries in the region facing their own security challenges, such as Costa Rica, receive our help." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William Brownfield, Elizabeth Hogan, and Francisco Palmieri.
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