|Subject: CONG: House Foreign Ops. Bill and
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st Session 108-222 FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2004 July 24 (legislative day, JULY 21), 2003 H.R. 2800
TITLE III--MILITARY ASSISTANCE
Funds Appropriated to the President
INTERNATIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of section 541 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, $91,700,000 (reduced by $600,000), of which up to $3,000,000 may remain available until expended: Provided, That the civilian personnel for whom military education and training may be provided under this heading may include civilians who are not members of a government whose participation would contribute to improved civil-military relations, civilian control of the military, or respect for human rights: Provided further, That funds appropriated under this heading for military education and training for Guatemala may only be available for expanded international military education and training and funds made available for Nigeria and Guatemala may only be provided through the regular notification procedures of the Committees on Appropriations.
The Committee believes that it is critically important to move forward aggressively in this investigation. It is essential that the perpetrators be brought to justice. The importance and severity of this issue to United States/Indonesian bilateral relations cannot be overstated. It is the responsibility of the Administration and the Department of State to carry an unambiguous message to the Indoensian government that justice must be carried out and cooperation with United States law enforcement representatives is essential.
OVERVIEW The Committee notes that Asia (beyond the Middle East) is a region of paramount strategic and economic importance to the United States. This is particularly evident since the events of September 11, 2001. The Department of State and USAID are encouraged to increase support for programs that enhance the status of women in Islamic nations, to support peace implementation in Sri Lanka, and to urge the Government of Nepal to respect the rights of Tibetan refugees as it seeks help to overcome a serious insurgency. The Committee is recommending general provisions affecting funding levels for Afghanistan, Burma-Thai border programs, and Tibet communities, and includes under the heading `Economic Support Fund' report language addressing funding levels for Mongolia and East Timor.
ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF HON. NITA M. LOWEY