U.S. considers providing Mexico with $470 million in emergency funds (in Spanish)

Congressman Obey

Reforma, 5/5/2009

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday moved one crucial step closer to providing the finances originally agreed upon under the Merida Initiative to collaborate with Mexico in the fight against drug trafficking. The Appropriations Committee suggested providing $470 million to Mexico in emergency funds.

The Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Dave Obey, proposed the 2009 Supplemental Budget provide Mexico with $400 million more than the $66 million requested by President Obama in April for “reconnaissance planes, helicopters, and other equipment for Mexico’s fight against drugs,” Obey said in a statement.

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