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September 6, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 2696 proposed by Senator Martinez.
September 6, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Proposed amendment SA 2696 withdrawn in Senate.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 2696. Mr. MARTINEZ proposed an amendment to the bill H.R. 2764, making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes; as follows:

Beginning on page 266, line 13, strike ``manual eradication'' and all that follows through ``municipalities where security permits'' on page 267, line 12, and insert the following: ``manual eradication in such areas is not practical or poses an unacceptable risk to government security forces, as determined based on consultations with appropriate authorities of the Government of Colombia:
Provided, That not more than 20 percent of such funds may be made available unless the Secretary of State certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that: (1) the herbicide is being used in accordance with EPA label requirements for comparable use in the United States and with Colombian laws; and (2) the herbicide, in the manner it is being used, does not pose unreasonable risks or adverse effects to humans or the environment including endemic species:

Provided further, That such funds may not be made available unless the Secretary of State certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that complaints of harm to health or licit crops caused by such aerial eradication are thoroughly evaluated and fair compensation is being paid in a timely manner for meritorious claims, and the Secretary submits a report to the Committees on Appropriations detailing all claims, evaluations, and compensation paid during the twelve month period
prior to the date of enactment of this Act:

Provided further, That such funds may not be made available for such purposes unless programs are being implemented by the United States Agency for International Development, the Government of Colombia, or other organizations, in consultation and coordination with local communities, to provide alternative sources of income in areas where conditions exist for successful alternative development and security permits''.



(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Sep 6, 2007.)