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Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin.

I rise in strong support of amendment No. 2 and amendment No. 3 to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008.

As a member of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have fought to include overseas humanitarian assistance in these supplemental appropriations bills. I want to thank Chairman Obey for including several of these provisions in amendment No. 3 which truly reflect the will and generosity of the American people.

Because of the rising cost and shortage of food, riots and instability have hit Haiti, have hit Egypt and the Philippines. Amendment No. 3 contains a total of $850 million for P.L. 480 Food for Peace Programs, which will be made available as soon as this bill is signed into law.

In Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thousands of people die each day, not from conflict, but mostly from malnourishment and lack of health care and shelter. Amendment No. 3 includes $200 million for urgent humanitarian disaster assistance, and $300 million for assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons.

These funds are desperately needed, and I strongly urge my colleagues to vote for amendment No. 3.


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