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Friday, July 22, 2005

Congress Wastes Billions Overseas 

Congress Wastes Billions Overseas
by Rep. Ron Paul BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - July 20, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this foreign relations authorization bill. Something has gone terribly wrong with our foreign policy when we feel we must take almost 21 billion dollars out of the pockets of the American taxpayer and ship it overseas. Imagine what the Founders of this country would say if they were among us to see this blatant disregard for the Constitution and for the founding principles of this country. This bill proceeds from the view that with enough money we can buy friends and influence foreign governments. But as history shows us, we cannot. The trillions of dollars we have shipped overseas as aid, and to influence and manipulate political affairs in sovereign countries, has not made life better for American citizens. It has made them much poorer without much to show for it, however....

Ron Paul-Congress Wastes Billions Overseas
Ron Paul-Congress Wastes Billions Overseas

H.R.2601
Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 (Introduced in House)
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A SLICE FROM THE BILL:

TITLE I--AUTHORIZATIONS OF APPROPRIATIONS

SEC. 101. ADMINISTRATION OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

The following amounts are authorized to be appropriated for the Department of State under `Administration of Foreign Affairs' to carry out the authorities, functions, duties, and responsibilities in the conduct of foreign affairs of the United States and for other purposes authorized by law:

(1) DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR PROGRAMS- For `Diplomatic and Consular Programs', $3,769,118,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $3,896,611,500 for fiscal year 2007.

(A) WORLDWIDE SECURITY UPGRADES- In addition to amounts authorized to be appropriated under paragraph (1), $689,523,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $710,208,690 for fiscal year 2007, are authorized to be appropriated for worldwide security upgrades.

(B) PUBLIC DIPLOMACY- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under paragraph (1), $333,863,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $343,699,000 for fiscal year 2007, are authorized to be appropriated for public diplomacy.

(C) BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under paragraph (1), $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2007, are authorized to be appropriated for salaries and expenses of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

(D) ANTI-SEMITISM- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under paragraph (1), $225,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $225,000 for fiscal year 2007 are authorized to be appropriated for necessary expenses to fund secondments, hiring of staff, and support targeted projects of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) regarding anti-Semitism and intolerance and for the OSCE/ODIHR Law Enforcement Officers Hate Crimes Training Program.

(E) RELIGIOUS FREEDOM-

(i) IN GENERAL- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under paragraph (1), $205,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $205,000 for fiscal year 2007 are authorized to be appropriated for necessary expenses to fund activities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe relating to freedom of religion and belief.

(ii) OSCE PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES, AND MISSIONS-

(I) PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A), $125,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $125,000 for fiscal year 2007 are authorized to be appropriated for necessary expenses to fund for secondments, hiring of staff, and support targeted projects of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) regarding religious freedom and for the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

(II) MISSIONS- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A), $80,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $80,000 for fiscal year 2007 are authorized to be appropriated for OSCE Missions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for activities to address issues relating to religious freedom and belief and to fund the hiring of new staff who are dedicated to religious freedom and belief.

(F) CHARLES B. RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under paragraph (1), $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2007 are authorized to be appropriated for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program at Howard University.

(2) CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUND- For `Capital Investment Fund', $131,000,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $131,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(3) EMBASSY SECURITY, CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE- For `Embassy Security, Construction and Maintenance', $1,526,000,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $1,550,000,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(4) EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS-

(A) IN GENERAL- For `Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs', $428,900,000 for the fiscal year 2006, and $438,500,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(B) SUMMER INSTITUTES FOR KOREAN STUDENT LEADERS- Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated under subparagraph (A), $750,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $750,000 for fiscal year 2007 are authorized to be appropriated for summer academic study programs in the United States (focusing on United States political systems, government institutions, society, and democratic culture) for college and university students from the Republic of Korea, to be known as the `United States Summer Institutes for Korean Student Leaders'.

(C) SUDANESE SCHOLARSHIPS- Of the amounts authorized to be available under subparagraph (A), $500,000 for fiscal year 2004 and $500,000 for fiscal year 2005 is authorized to be available for scholarships for students from southern Sudan for secondary or postsecondary education in the United States, to be known as `Sudanese Scholarships'.

(5) REPRESENTATION ALLOWANCES- For `Representation Allowances', $8,281,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $8,281,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(6) PROTECTION OF FOREIGN MISSIONS AND OFFICIALS- For `Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials', $9,390,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $9,390,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(7) EMERGENCIES IN THE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICE- For `Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service', $12,143,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $12,143,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(8) REPATRIATION LOANS- For `Repatriation Loans', $1,319,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $1,319,000 for fiscal year 2007.

(9) PAYMENT TO THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE IN TAIWAN- For `Payment to the American Institute in Taiwan', $19,751,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $20,146,020 for fiscal year 2007.

(10) OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL- For `Office of the Inspector General', $29,983,000 for fiscal year 2006, and $29,983,000 for fiscal year 2007.


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