Conference Committee Print on H.R. 2764 / Public Law 110-161: Division J - Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs appropriations

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Explanatory Statement, Division J

DIVISION J--DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED

PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS

The following is an explanation of the effects of this division of the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2764 (hereafter referred to as ``the amended bill'') relative to the versions of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 2764) passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. In implementing this amended bill, the departments, agencies, organizations, and commissions should be guided by the directives and instructions set forth in House Report 110-197 and Senate Report 110-128 accompanying the bill H.R. 2764, unless specifically addressed in the accompanying amended bill and explanatory statement to the contrary.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND RELATED AGENCIES

Department of State

ADMINISTRATION OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR PROGRAMS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The amended bill provides $5,000,000 for the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, instead of $6,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The House did not have a similar provision. Of this amount, not less than $1,500,000 shall be used for grants of not less than $500,000 for significant historic preservation projects, such as archeological restoration of Phnom Bakhen, Cambodia, and Mayan sites in the Peten region of Guatemala.

Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs

The Appropriations Committees support language as proposed by the Senate related to expanding academic exchange with Latin America and recommend that funds provided under this heading be used to increase Access microscholarships, exchanges for student leaders and with community colleges, and the Bureau's opportunity grants program. The Appropriations Committees also support language as proposed by the House related to the development of expanded cultural, educational, and professional exchanges with the Caribbean.

International Commissions

INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO

The amended bill includes a total of $118,855,000 for the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico (IBWC), as proposed by the Senate instead of $46,155,000 as proposed by the House. The amount provided includes $30,430,000 for Salaries and Expenses and $88,425,000 for Construction. The amended bill includes language authorizing not to exceed $6,000 for representational expenses.

CONSTRUCTION

The amended bill includes $88,425,000 under this heading as proposed by the Senate instead of $15,725,000 as proposed by the House. The funding allocations for construction shall address the following projects: $66,000,000 for a secondary wastewater treatment facility; $100,000 to repair, relocate, or replace fencing along the international border between the United States and Mexico; $400,000 for the repair or replacement of the Nogales Wash Flood Control Project and International Outfall Interceptor; $11,700,000 for the Rio Grande Canalization project in Dona Ana County, New Mexico for sediment removal and construction; and $10,000,000 for levee rehabilitation and sediment removal associated with the Rio Grande Flood Control System Rehabilitation project in Texas and the review of the need for any additional infrastructure, as proposed by the House and Senate.

The amended bill includes language (sec. 117) regarding the construction of secondary wastewater treatment capability on the Tijuana River. The Appropriations Committees remain concerned about the continued delays in building treatment facilities to process sewage flowing into the United States in the Tijuana River. Construction of a facility capable of secondary treatment of at least 25 million gallons per day (mgd) is necessary to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act. The Appropriations Committees direct IBWC to resume negotiations for a fee-for-services contract with the owner of a Mexican wastewater facility to address this problem. The Appropriations Committees also direct IBWC to concurrently prepare design and engineering plans to upgrade the International Wastewater Treatment Plant to treat 25 mgd to secondary treatment and update its conceptual designs for a phased, scalable project capable of treating up to 100 mgd to secondary. IBWC should report back to the Appropriations Committees with cost estimates and timelines for completing both the 25 mgd IWTP and the proposed 59 mgd Mexican facility within 120 days after enactment of this Act. These timelines should contain interim milestones including, but not limited to, the completion of final design and engineering plans, acquisition of land and/or necessary easements, diplomatic treaty minutes, permits, environmental reviews, and other critical requirements necessary for the completion of each project.

The Appropriations Committees direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to continue its comprehensive review of the two proposed projects, but also request a report, detailing which project would bring IBWC into compliance with the Clean Water Act most rapidly, and which project is more cost effective. GAO should deliver this report to the Appropriations Committees 120 days after enactment of this Act.

Other

RELATED AGENCIES

Broadcasting Board of Governors

INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING OPERATIONS

The amended bill provides $676,727,000 for International Broadcasting Operations, instead of $671,632,000 as proposed by the House and $662,727,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $12,000,000 is designated as an emergency pursuant to section 5 preceding division A of this Act. The amended bill includes funding for Broadcasting to Cuba under this heading, as proposed by the House and Senate.

Funding under this heading should be allocated to the following activities in the amounts designated in the table below, subject to the requirements of section 619:

INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING OPERATIONS

[Budget authority in thousands]

Budget Authority Total

Voice of America........................................ 194,093

Radio and TV Marti (Cuba)............................... 33,681

Engineering and Technical Services...................... 141,750

Agency Direction........................................ 28,933

Management.............................................. 48,974

Program Support......................................... 19,688

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Subtotal, IBB................................... 467,119

Independent Grantee Organizations:

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty..................... 80,471

Radio Free Asia..................................... 35,220

Middle East Broadcasting Networks................... 93,917

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Subtotal, IGO's................................. 209,608

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Total....................................... 676,727

The funding allocations for the International Broadcasting Bureau, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Radio Free Asia restore the language services reductions in the fiscal year 2008 request, as proposed by the House and Senate.

The amended bill includes an additional $2,000,000 to counter censorship efforts by Iran and China.

The allocations also include sufficient funds to carry out the directives in House Report 110-197 regarding 24/7 streaming, archiving on Alhurra's Web site of all original programs, and the random translation of up to 16 hours per week of Alhurra's original programming by an independent entity.

The Appropriations Committees are concerned with recent accounts of foreign government prohibition of independent transmissions of television and radio broadcasts to Russia, Burma, China, Iran, Venezuela, and Pakistan, and support restoring shortwave and medium wave transmission to these countries to ensure public access to a wide range of information.

The Appropriations Committees endorse language contained in House Report 110-197 and Senate Report 110-128 regarding broadcasting into North Korea.

The Appropriations Committees direct that the Broadcasting Board of Governors should increase support for broadcasting to Burma.

GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS TITLE

Sec. 118. Commission financial management

Cooperation with the Government of Mexico

The amended bill does not include a general provision, without prejudice, proposed by the Senate regarding United States cooperation with Mexico on border security, education on immigration laws, and circular migration. In order to provide more timely information directly relevant to the consideration of future appropriations requests for Mexico, the Appropriations Committees direct that the reporting required in subsection (d) of the Senate amendment be submitted to the Appropriations Committees not less than 90 days after enactment of this Act, instead of 180 days, and that the report also describe how the actions taken will address the underlying causes of illegal immigration, drug trafficking and gang violence, violence against women, human trafficking, and arms smuggling.

TITLE III--BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

Funds Appropriated to the President

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

USAID is directed to provide no less than the fiscal year 2007 funding levels for Western Hemisphere country programs rather than fiscal year 2006 funding levels as proposed by the House and Senate.

Funding is provided for the Amazon Basin Conservation Initiative as proposed in Senate Report 110-128, and additional funding should be provided to support conservation activities through organizations that work to build the capacity of indigenous communities to manage and protect their reserves, particularly on-going programs in Brazil.

The Appropriations Committees support language as proposed by House Report 110-197 and Senate Report 110-128 for a competitive university grants program. USAID should consider the following proposals:

Ava Marie University's Nicaragua branch to improve their library;

CAMERA Center for Educational Excellence to use university expertise to elevate the condition of the Caribbean people;

EARTH University Foundation to train leaders in small business in Latin America, Africa, and Asia;

Iowa State University to establish a program to reduce poverty in Mexico;

Louisiana State University Law Center to establish the Louisiana State University/Latin American Commercial Law Program;

New Mexico State University to facilitate on-line communication between American and Mexican students, as well as Israeli and Palestinian students, concerning issues of mutual interest;

Texas A&M University to expand a criminal justice research and training effort for the prevention of cross-border criminal activities;

University of Alabama to create an industry-oriented Central American regional export association;

University of Alabama to establish a pilot program which will promote Central American food products in foreign markets and increase exports;

University of Kentucky's College of Law for programs in the former Soviet Union, East and South Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere;

University of Notre Dame to continue work to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Haiti;

Other Bilateral Economic Assistance

ECONOMIC SUPPORT FUND

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The amended bill provides $2,994,823,000 under the Economic Support Fund heading, instead of $2,668,206,000 as proposed by the House and $3,015,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. Of this amount, $542,568,000 is designated an emergency pursuant to section 5 preceding division A of this Act for urgent assistance requirements in the West Bank, North Korea, Jordan, and Afghanistan.

Funds in this account are allocated in the following table, subject to the requirements of section 619:

Economic Support Fund

[Budget Authority in thousands of dollars]

Country/Program Budget Authority Total

Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo.................... $19,000

Liberia............................................. 43,545

Sierra Leone (Special Court)........................ 12,500

Sudan............................................... 101,700

East Asia and the Pacific

Burma............................................... 13,000

Cambodia............................................ 15,000

Indonesia........................................... 65,000

North Korea......................................... 53,000

Philippines......................................... 28,000

Tibet/China......................................... 5,000

Democracy Training and Education................ [250]

Timor-Leste......................................... 17,000

Vietnam............................................. 10,700

Europe and Eurasia

Cyprus.............................................. 11,000

Irish Visa Program.................................. 1,000

Near East

Egypt............................................... 415,000

Iran................................................ 21,800

Jordan.............................................. 363,547

Lebanon............................................. 45,000

Scholarships for American Ed. Institutions...... [10,000]

Morocco............................................. 16,500

Tunisia............................................. 2,000

West Bank/Gaza...................................... 218,500

Middle East Partnership Initiative.................. 55,000

Scholarships.................................... [7,000]

Iraqi Scholars.................................. [10,000]

Middle East Regional Cooperation.................... 5,000 South Asia

Afghanistan......................................... 543,000

Women and Girls..................................... [75,000]

Afghan Civilian Assistance.......................... [10,000]

India............................................... 3,000

Nepal............................................... 9,500

Women in Parliament and Civil Society........... [2,000]

Pakistan............................................ 350,000

Human Rights, Rule of Law, and Democracy

Programs...................................... [15,000]

Western Hemisphere

Bolivia............................................. 17,000

Colombia............................................ 196,000

Cuba................................................ 45,700

Dominican Republic.................................. 15,000

Ecuador............................................. 6,000

Guatemala........................................... 12,000

Anti-violence Programs.......................... [1,000]

International Commission Against Impunity in

Guatemala..................................... [4,000]

Haiti............................................... 68,394

Justice Reform Activities....................... [1,000]

Watershed Restoration........................... [5,000]

Mexico.............................................. 12,000

Peru................................................ 30,000

Labor and Environment........................... [6,000]

Trade Capacity Building............................. 10,000

Global

Disability Programs................................. 4,000

East Asia and the Pacific Environment Program....... 2,500

Extractive Industries Transparency.................. 3,000

East Europe and the Independent States--Title VIII

Program........................................... 5,000

Forensic Assistance................................. 5,000

House Democracy Assistance program.................. 2,000

Kimberley Process................................... 3,000

Marla Ruzicka Fund.................................. 5,000

Reconciliation Programs............................. 25,000

Middle East..................................... [9,000]

Trafficking in Persons.............................. 12,000

Wheelchairs......................................... 5,000

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Total....................................... 2,926,886

The amended bill includes language similar to that proposed by the House, which provides not less than $196,000,000 to carry out alternative development/institution building and sustainable development programs in Colombia. Of this amount: up to $15,000,000 may be made available for economic development activities in Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities; not less than $5,000,000 shall be made available to protect biodiversity in Colombia's national parks and indigenous reserves; not less than $1,700,000 shall be made available to the Organization of American States mission to monitor the demobilization and reintegration of former combatants in Colombia; and not less than $300,000 is available to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to conduct monitoring of the demobilization process. The amended bill directs that the assistance for Colombia shall be apportioned directly to USAID and may be transferred and merged with funds under the heading ``Development Assistance.'' The Appropriations Committees direct that the responsibility for deciding the activities to be funded, the funding levels and policy decisions concerning the program shall be the responsibility of the USAID Administrator in consultation with the Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Independent Agencies

INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION

The amended bill provides $21,000,000 for the Inter- American Foundation, instead of $19,000,000 as proposed by the House and $22,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.

National Endowment for Democracy-Core

[Budget authority, dollars in thousands]

Budget Authority Total

Africa.................................................. $16,750

Asia.................................................... 17,250

Middle East............................................. 17,000

Central and Eastern Europe.............................. 5,000

Independent States of the Former Soviet Union........... 14,000

Latin America/Caribbean................................. 12,000

Multiregional........................................... 6,500

Administration.......................................... 9,500

Democratic Activities................................... 2,000

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National Endowment for Democracy Core............... 100,000

The NED should receive an additional $11,000,000 from other accounts in this Act to continue ongoing programs, including the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship program and the World Movement for Democracy, and activities in Burma, Russia, Cuba, and elsewhere. The Department of State is expected to consult with the Appropriations Committees not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act on this additional funding.

INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The amended bill includes not less than $39,750,000 for judicial, human rights, rule of law and related activities in Colombia.

The amended bill does not include provisions proposed by the House related to demand reduction programs and programs to combat transnational crime and criminal youth gangs. The Senate did not include similar provisions.

The amended bill does not include provisions proposed by the House and Senate making INCLE funding available for activities and training programs at the International Law Enforcement Training Academies.

Funds in this account are allocated in the following table, subject to the requirements of section 619:

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

[Budget authority, dollars in thousands]

Budget Authority Total

Colombia................................................ $39,250

Afghanistan............................................. 274,800

INL Anticrime Programs.................................. 12,000

Civilian Police Programs................................ 2,000

Criminal Youth Gangs.................................... 8,000

Demand Reduction........................................ 12,000

International Law Enforcement Academies................. 19,000

International Organizations............................. 4,000

Interregional Aviation Support.......................... 55,100

Program Development and Support......................... 19,500

Trafficking in Persons.................................. 6,000

Administrative Expenses................................. $38,000

Other Countries and Programs............................ 68,799

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Total............................................... 558,449

The amended bill does not include a provision proposed by the Senate regarding kidnapped United States citizens. The Appropriations Committees direct the Department of State to make funds available to support the efforts of foreign law enforcement authorities to locate United States citizens who have been kidnapped in, or are otherwise missing from, areas affected by violent drug trafficking.

ANDEAN COUNTERDRUG PROGRAMS

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

The amended bill provides $327,460,000 for Andean Counterdrug Programs, instead of $312,460,000 as proposed by the House and $415,050,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The amended bill continues current law with regard to a unified campaign against narcotics traffickers and foreign terrorist organizations, and the prohibition against United States Armed Forces personnel or civilian contractors employed by the United States government from participating in any combat operations.

The amended bill includes a modified provision proposed by both the House and Senate that rotary and fixed wing aircraft supported by funding from this heading may be used for aerial and manual drug eradication and interdiction efforts to include transport of personnel and supplies, support of alternative development programs and investigations by the Colombian Attorney General's, Prosecutor General's and Public Defender's offices.

The amended bill allows a transfer of up to $2,500,000 of funds to the ``Foreign Military Financing Program'' heading for the Colombian Armed Forces to provide security for manual eradication efforts similar to that proposed by the Senate. The amended bill also allows a transfer of up to $2,500,000 to the heading ``International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement'' for the Colombian National Police to provide security for manual eradication efforts.

The amended bill continues current law with regard to certification requirements on aerial spraying in Colombia and prohibits the availability of funds under this heading for the cultivation or processing of African oil palm if doing so contributes to environmental degradation or forced displacement of the local populace as proposed by the Senate.

Funds in this account are allocated in the following table, subject to the requirements of section 619:

Andean Counterdrug Program

[Budget authority, dollars in thousands]

Budget Authority Total

Bolivia

Interdiction........................................ $30,000

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Subtotal--Bolivia............................... 30,000

Colombia

Interdiction & Eradication.......................... 251,616

Transfer to FMF..................................... [2,500]

Transfer to INCLE................................... [2,500]

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Subtotal--Colombia.............................. 251,616

Ecuador

Interdiction........................................ 7,000

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Subtotal--Ecuador............................... 7,000

Peru

Interdiction........................................ 36,844

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Subtotal--Peru.................................. 36,844

Brazil.................................................. 1,000

Panama.................................................. 1,000

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Total....................................... 327,460

The Appropriations Committees are aware of the needs of Colombian soldiers and civilians who have been severely injured by landmines and other causes, and who need medical, rehabilitation, vocational and related assistance. The Department of State is encouraged to provide funding for these purposes. Any such assistance should be matched with contributions from the Colombian Government.

The amended bill includes not more than $17,000,000 for administrative expenses for the Department of State and not more than $7,800,000 may be used for administrative expenses at USAID.

TITLE IV--MILITARY ASSISTANCE

Funds Appropriated to the President

INTERNATIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The amended bill provides that funds made available for Haiti, Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Libya, Angola, and Nigeria may only be provided through the regular notification procedures of the Appropriations Committees and any such notification shall include a detailed description of the proposed activities.

The Department of State is directed to submit a report to the Appropriations Committees not later than 60 days after enactment of this Act on how the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (a.k.a. School of the Americas) IMET program for fiscal year 2008 contributes to the promotion of human rights, respect for civilian authority and the rule of law, establishment of legitimate judicial mechanisms for the military, and the goal of right sizing military forces.

FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING PROGRAM

The amended bill includes language similar to that proposed by the House in section 649, which provides not more than $53,000,000 for Colombia, including $5,000,000 for medical and rehabilitation assistance, removal of landmines and enhancement of communications capabilities as proposed by the Senate.

The Appropriations Committees direct that $4,000,000 be made available for ``Western Hemisphere Regional'' to be used to continue the naval cooperation program in the Caribbean to strengthen the ability of Central American and Caribbean countries to secure their maritime domains and cooperatively secure international waters.

Funds in this account are allocated in the following table, subject to the requirements of section 619:

Foreign Military Financing Program

[Budget Authority in thousands of dollars]

Budget Authority Total

Armenia................................................. $3,000

Azerbaijan.............................................. 3,000

Colombia................................................ 53,000

Egypt................................................... 1,300,000

El Salvador............................................. 4,800

Guatemala............................................... 500

Haiti................................................... 990

Honduras................................................ 500

Indonesia............................................... 15,700

Israel.................................................. 2,400,000

Jordan.................................................. 300,000

Lebanon................................................. 7,000

Nicaragua............................................... 500

Pakistan................................................ 300,000

Philippines............................................. 30,000

Poland.................................................. 27,200

Tunisia................................................. 8,413

Western Hemisphere Regional............................. 4,000

FMF Admin Cost (DSCA)................................... 41,900

Unallocated............................................. 87,822

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Total............................................... 4,588,325

TITLE V--MULTILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE

Funds Appropriated to the President

CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENTERPRISE FOR THE AMERICAS MULTILATERAL INVESTMENT

FUND

The amended bill provides $25,000,000 for the contribution to the Enterprise for the Americas Multilateral Investment Fund, as proposed by the House and Senate.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS

The amended bill provides $319,485,000 for International Organizations and Programs, instead of $333,400,000 as proposed by the House and $313,925,000 as proposed by the Senate.

Funds are allocated in the following table, subject to the requirements of section 619:

[Budget authority, dollars in thousands]

Program/Activity Budget Authority Total

Center for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT)............... 1,000

International Civil Aviation Organization............... 950

International Conservation Programs..................... 6,500

International Contributions for Scientific, Educational & Cultural Activities............................... 1,000

International Development Law Organization.............. 300

IMO Maritime Security Programs.......................... 400

International Panel on Climate Change/UN Framework

Convention on Climate Change........................ 5,500

Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund..................... 19,000

OAS Development Assistance Programs..................... 5,500

OAS Fund for Strengthening Democracy.................... 3,500

Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe....... 4,500

UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)............................. 129,000

UN Development Program (UNDP)........................... 98,160

UN Environment Program (UNEP)........................... 10,500

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights................... 7,000

UN Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).............................................. 3,000

UN Population Fund (UNFPA).............................. 7,000

UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights..................................... 1,425

UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture................ 7,000

UN Women's Fund (UNIFEM)................................ 3,600

UNIFEM Trust Fund....................................... 1,800

World Meteorological Organization....................... 1,900

World Trade Organization Technical Assistance........... 950

Total............................................... 319,485

The amended bill does not include the provision related to the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDF) as proposed by the House. The Senate did not include a similar provision and did not provide funding for the UNDF.

The amended bill does not include the provision related to the Organization of American States Fund for Strengthening Democracy as proposed by the Senate. The House did not include a similar provision.

TITLE VI

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 620. Special Notification Requirements.

The amended bill includes a provision similar to that proposed by the Senate (sec. 620), which requires that funds for Serbia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Cuba, Iran, Haiti, Mexico, Nepal, and Cambodia be subject to the special notification procedures of this section, instead of a similar provision proposed by the House (sec. 620). The amended bill further adds Libya and Ethiopia to the list of countries.

Sec. 649. Colombia.

The amended bill includes a combined provision regarding assistance to Colombia. The language in this provision incorporates the content of sections 649, 656 and 672 as proposed by the House and sections 656, 657 and 684 as proposed by the Senate with some modifications.

The amended bill provides that not more than $545,608,000 of the funds appropriated by titles III and IV shall be made available for assistance for Colombia, instead of $530,608,000 as proposed by the House and $560,748,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds are allocated in the following table:

Colombia

[Budget authority, dollars in thousands]

Budget Authority Total

Foreign Military Financing (FMF)........................ 53,000

Transfer from ACP................................... 2,500

International Military Education and Training (IMET).... 1,500

Nonproliferation, Anti-terrorism, Demining and Related Programs (NADR)..................................... 3,742

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE)............................................. 39,750

Transfer from ACP................................... 2,500

Economic Support Fund (ESF)............................. 196,000

Andean Counterdrug Program (ACP)

Interdiction/Eradication (Support for the Colombia National Police and Military)....................... 244,016

Transfer to FMF..................................... -2,500

Transfer to INCLE................................... -2,500

Program, Development and Support........................ 7,600

Critical Flight Safety Program...................... [39,300]

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Total--Andean Counterdrug Program................... 246,616

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Total--Colombia............................. 545,608

The amended bill sets funding levels by reference and provides that any changes shall be subject to the regular notification procedures of the Appropriations Committees and continues current law certification requirements on assistance to the Colombian military. The amended bill provides that $11,422,000 is available for demobilization and disarmament assistance to former combatants under the heading ``Economic Support Fund'' and continues the current law with regard to denial of visas for supporters of Colombian illegal armed groups.

Sec. 651. Limitation on Assistance to Security Forces.

The amended bill includes language proposed by the Senate, adding a new section to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 entitled ``Limitation on Assistance for Security Forces.'' This provision is consistent with longstanding United States law and practice. The House provision provided a one-year extension of this prohibition.

Sec. 671. Limitation on Economic Support Fund Assistance for Certain Foreign Governments That Are Parties to the International Criminal Court.

The amended bill continues current year language as proposed by the House, which prohibits the use of funds under the ``Economic Support Fund'' heading for assistance to any government of a country that is a party to the International Criminal Court.

Sec. 672. Western Hemisphere.

The amended bill includes provisions similar to that proposed by the House (sec. 677) and Senate (sec. 649). In subsection (a), the amended bill includes a provision, which requires that funding in this Act under the headings ``Global Health and Child Survival'' and ``Development Assistance'' should be provided at not less than the funding levels allocated for each account in the fiscal year 2007 (according to the Foreign Assistance Act section 653(a) report) for El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Latin America and Caribbean Regional, Central America Regional and South America Regional.

In subsection (b), the amended bill includes a provision on assistance for Haiti as proposed by the House, which provides not less than $201,548,000 in funds appropriated under titles III and IV of this Act available to Haiti, provides that the Government of Haiti is eligible to purchase defense articles for the Coast Guard, and includes a restriction on certain INCLE funding in this Act.

In subsection (c), the amended bill includes a provision on the Dominican Republic as proposed by the Senate, which provides not less than $23,000,000 in funds under the headings ``Global Health and Child Survival'' and ``Development Assistance'' shall be for assistance to the Dominican Republic, of which not less than $5,000,000 is for basic needs of migrant workers and other residents of batey communities.

In subsection (d), the amended bill includes a provision similar to the House and Senate on assistance for Guatemala, which provides $4,000,000 in funding under the ``Economic Support Fund'' heading for a United States contribution to the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. Additionally, the language provides authority for funding from the ``International Military Education and Training'' and ``Foreign Military Financing'' accounts if certain conditions are met.

In subsection (e), the amended bill provides not less than $10,000,000 from the ``Economic Support Fund'' account for labor and environmental capacity building activities relating to the free trade agreement of Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Sec. 683. Extradition.

The amended bill combines three provisions included in the House bill (sections 688, 689, 699K) that prohibit the use of funds in this Act for assistance when governments fail to permit the extradition of certain individuals. The provision has been modified to provide a waiver of the restriction on a case-by-case basis if the Secretary of State certifies to the Appropriations Committees that such a waiver is important to the national interests of the United States.

PROVISIONS NOT INCLUDED IN THE AMENDED BILL

The amended bill does not include a provision proposed by the House (sec. 648) regarding Haiti. The Senate included this provision in the ``Western Hemisphere'' general provision (sec. 649). The amended bill addresses this provision in section 672, a new ``Western Hemisphere'' general provision.

The amended bill does not include a provision proposed by the House (sec. 673) or Senate (sec. 696) regarding assistance for Cuba.

The amended bill does not include a provision as proposed by the House (sec. 672), ``Assistance to Colombia Law Enforcement to Combat Illegal Armed Groups'' or Senate provision (sec. 657) ``Illegal Armed Groups.'' The amended bill addresses these issues in section 649.

The amended bill does not include a provision proposed by both the House (sec. 656) and Senate (sec. 656) that addressed funding restrictions on the Colombian armed forces and instead adds the issues addressed by these provisions in section 649.