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Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 1555 - International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1985

May 03, 1985

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

(Revision)
(House)
(Reps. Tascell (D) Florida and Broomfield (R) Michigan)

The Administration opposes enactment of H.R. 1555 because it:

—authorizes Insufficient funding levels for security assistance programs, while increasing funding beyond the President's request in several development assistance programs;

— unduly limits Presidential discretion and flexibility in the conduct of foreign affairs by earmarking funds for obligation and disbursement for specific countries, projects and accounts;

— mandates disbursement of the entire 1986 Economic Support Fund amount for Israel within the first month;

— raises substantial constitutional concerns regarding the separation of powers principle and the President's powers to conduct foreign affairs;

— unacceptably limits Presidential flexibility concerning Central America;

— includes unacceptable restrictions on the sale and financing of defense articles and services to the government of Jordan;

— contains numerous unnecessary reporting and certification requirements;

— authorizes a potentially costly scholarship program for undergraduate students from developing countries; and

— limits the President's ability to deny funds to foreign non-governmental organizations that promote abortion.

Ronald Reagan, Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 1555 - International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1985 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/327001