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Sam Farr, D-CA 17th
Mr. FARR. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding me this time.
I rise today to speak on an issue that is probably best spelled out in The Los Angeles Times today by Sonni Efron, who is a writer for the Times. The Times article is entitled ``Drug War Fails to Dent U.S. Supply.''
I would like to thank the chairman and the ranking member for their commitment to international development and improving our national security by attacking the culture of poverty and injustice, which I think are the root causes of terrorism in this world. I would also like to thank the chairman for engaging in a debate with me during the full committee markup regarding the increased funding for alternative development in Colombia.
I had offered an amendment in committee that would have shifted funding from the military and fumigation side of the Andean CounterDrug Initiative to funding more alternative development programs. My amendment would have shifted funds in five of the departments, which are like ``states'' in Colombia that are receiving little or no alternative development assistance; yet they are being heavily fumigated. While we are using all stick and no carrot in these regions, only spraying a farmer's crop
but not providing for an alternative livelihood is not a sustainable solution to a coca growing problem in the Andean region.
Given the chairman's commitment to work in conference to increase the funding for alternative development programs in Colombia and the Andean region as a whole, I withdrew my amendment in committee.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind the chairman of his commitment and thank him again for his efforts regarding the alternative development in Colombia, and I know the chairman has been a tireless supporter of development and security in Latin America. I look forward to working with him and the gentlewoman from New York (Mrs. Lowey), ranking member, on these important issues and hope in conference that they can restore the funding that I am sure the Senate side will add
I would like to close by referring everyone to this L.A. Times article today. I think it speaks to the point that America needs to focus on working itself out of jobs, not making people dependent upon American jobs to develop economic security in their own countries.