Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement on Foreign Operations Agreement

November 15, 1999

"This double waiver is not a compromise. It is a capitulation. In attending to the details of the agreement, let's not lose sight of the big picture.

"This is not about preventing abortion. It is about impeding international family planning. Indeed, a majority of Republicans in the House have voted against any funding for international family planning.

"The Republicans gave the President no choice. We have to pay our dues to the U.N. The Republicans did not have to give that leverage to Chris Smith to undermine international family planning efforts.

"It appears that the Republicans have made Chris Smith their billion-dollar baby.

"Current law prevents any U.S. funds to be used for promoting or performing abortions. The double waiver addresses what these organizations can do with their own funds. It constitutes a gag rule which I cannot support."

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