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Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief 2005

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EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR DEFENSE, THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, AND TSUNAMI RELIEF, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - March 15, 2005)

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Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. Chairman, my amendment is very simple. It adds $50 million for disaster assistance and $50 million for refugee assistance in Sudan and other African countries.

If this amendment passes, the House product would still be $550 million below the President's request. So for colleagues that argue we are spending too much money, this amendment is fiscally prudent. But more importantly, adopting this amendment is quite frankly the right thing to do.

Mr. Chairman, my amendment could be the most decent, moral and effective $100 million spent in this bill. This $100 million in disaster relief and refugee assistance would go very far in alleviating the multiple disasters and refugee crisis in Africa. Most of Africa's urgent humanitarian needs are shockingly affordable. Sadly, what we have been missing is the political will to stand up and do something.

Mr. Chairman, the President speaks often about ending evil, about reaching into your heart and doing the right thing. The number of deaths, over 1,300 a day in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that could be prevented would truly be ending evil and we know this is the right thing to do.

Mr. Chairman, the only way for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing. I urge a ``yea'' vote on the Jackson amendment.

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Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Kolbe) for his extraordinary leadership on this issue. I would like to thank the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Wolf) for his extraordinary steadfast commitment to encouraging Members of this Congress to stand up and do the right thing. This would not be possible without the leadership of the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, the gentleman from California (Mr. Lewis), and the thoughtful consideration that the ranking member, the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Obey), has given to this very critical part of the world.

I thank the gentlemen for their support of this bipartisan amendment.
The gentlewoman from New York (Mrs. Lowey), my ranking member, for her commitment throughout this project and throughout this process has been nothing short of stellar, and extraordinary as well. I thank the gentlewoman, and I do apologize for interrupting the regular order.

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