8:50 PM EDT

James Kolbe, R-AZ 8th

Mr. KOLBE. Mr. Chairman, I claim the time in opposition, and I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, the bill before us today already cuts the President's request, and the gentleman from Colorado has mentioned this; it cuts the President's request by $2.6 billion. That is 11 percent, and that is the largest cut in terms of any of the appropriation bills that we have had on the floor or will have on the floor this year.

We have cut all of the fat I think, and then some, from this bill. I am sure everybody can find something that they do not like, but there are a lot of programs that I think are very valuable that did not get funded in this because of the 11 percent cut over the President's request that we had, certainly things that the President thought were important and should be done.

I think if my colleagues were to peruse the bill, they would see that there is a $1.4 billion dollar cut from the President's account for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. That has been a priority of the President and mine in this bill. We have cut all of the new programs that the President requested. We zeroed out the Global Environmental Facility. We withheld 25 percent of the funds from the World Bank and conditioned funds of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS until detailed reforms are


So this is a fiscally conservative bill of which I am very proud, and I ask my colleagues to oppose this amendment that is offered by the gentleman from Colorado (Mr. Hefley).

Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.