Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 13, 2006

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For IMMEDIATE Release

Hyde Hails Increase in Aid
to Colombian War On Narco-Terrorism

Hyde-Burton Amendment to Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act Approved 250-172
 

            (WASHINGTON) - The House of Representatives today approved an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act that increases assistance to Colombia for maritime counter-drug interdiction efforts.   

            Co-authored by U.S. Reps. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) and Dan Burton (R-IN), the amendment provides $26 million for three refurbished, modernized DC-3 aircraft to the Colombian Navy for multi-functional maritime patrols. The reconditioned aircraft, despite their age, are unsurpassed in their ability to operate missions of more than 10 hours and land on short unimproved runways which are typically found in rural and coastal communities in Colombia, Hyde explained. 

            “Under the leadership of Speaker Dennis Hastert, Congress has stepped up to the challenge of combating the drug trade and narco-terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. Our support for a reliable ally, Colombia, is a crucial part of our broader struggle against global terrorism,” said Hyde, who chairs the House International Relations Committee. 

            The amendment was approved by a vote of 250 to 172. “The vote is a strong signal that Congress wants the Administration to pay attention to the narco-terrorism threat in our Hemisphere, and in Colombia in particular,” Hyde added.   

            Hyde also urged the Administration to send to Congress the recently agreed to proposal for a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia. “Increased trade creates jobs and undercuts the appeal of an illicit drug economy,” Hyde said.

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