In a House-Senate Conference on supplemental funding for Kosovo operations, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was successful yesterday in adding $141 million for humanitarian assistance. The Pelosi Amendment was approved 12-10 by the conferees. "I am very pleased that the Conference agreed to the additional funding." said Pelosi, "Now we can offer substantial financial support to the relief work on the ground."
The new funds strengthen two State Department programs: the Migration and Refugee Assistance account will receive $71 million for emergency shelter, food, and medicine; the Emergency Refugee and Migration assistance account, $70 million for refugee resettlement.
In arguing successfully for her amendment, Pelosi, the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, said, "The least we can do is give the people conducting refugee programs some breathing room as they face the daunting challenge of getting 1.5 million refugees fed, clothed, and protected from the elements, while long-term solutions are being worked out."
Pelosi's success yesterday adds $141 million to the $67 million for refugee food and disaster assistance that the San Francisco Representative had already won on the House floor, for a total of $209 million. Earlier, the full Appropriations Committee had included her language, in the official report on the emergency bill, supporting the funding of psychological services for Kosovar victims of rape.
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