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(C) the extent to which statutes, regula
tions, rules, administrative and judicial deci
sions, and other legal acts of the Government of
regulations, rules, and other legal acts of the
out regard to citizenship, race, religion, political
(G) the extent to which laws in Vietnam
(b) CONTACTS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.—In
2 preparing the report under subsection (a), the Secretary 3 shall, as appropriate, consult with and seek input from
4 nongovernmental organizations, human rights advocates
5 (including Vietnamese-Americans and human rights advo
6 cates in Vietnam), and the United States Commission on
7 Religious Freedom.
Amend the title so as to read: “A bill to promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam.".
(Original Signature of Member)
To amend the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 to extend the authority
to provide assistance to countries seeking to become eligible countries for purposes of that Act.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. LANTOS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
and on. Hyde
the authority to provide assistance to countries seeking
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 SECTION 1. FINDINGS; PURPOSE.
(a) FINDINGS.--Congress makes the following find
(1) On March 14, 2002, the President stated:
“America supports the international development
goals in the U.N. Millennium Declaration, and believes that these goals are a shared responsibility of
developed and developing countries.".
(2) Section 201(b)(4) of H.R. 1950, as passed
by the House of Representatives on July 16, 2003,
states that it is the policy of the United States to
support compacts of the Millennium Challenge Ac
count which, among other things, aim "to reduce
(3) On May 10, 2004, the President recognized
the link between global poverty and the national se
curity of the United States by stating: "In many na
tions, poverty remains chronic and desperate. Half
the world's people still live on less than $2 a day.
This divide between wealth and poverty, between op
portunity and misery, is far more than a challenge
to our compassion. Persistent poverty and oppres
sion can spread despair across an entire nation, and
they can turn nations of great potential into the re
Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701) states that a purpose
of that Act is "the elimination of extreme poverty".
(5) The Report of the Committee on Inter
national Relations to accompany H.R. 2441 of the
108th Congress (H. Rept. 108–205) states that
"[f]or the Millennium Challenge Account to be suc
cessful as an incentive for future reform as well as
a reward for past reform, it must offer opportunities
for those low-income countries whose institutions do
not yet meet all the eligibility criteria but who are
demonstrating partial success in meeting the eligi
(6) The purpose of section 616 of the Millen
nium Challenge Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7715), and
for International Development, is to provide assistance to the low-income countries described in para
graph (5) in order to assist such countries to become
eligible countries under the Act.
(7) Although the overall Millennium Challenge
Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) is authorized
to be funded for both fiscal years 2004 and 2005,