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(G) the extent to which laws in Vietnam

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(b) CONTACTS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.—In

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Amend the title so as to read: “A bill to promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam.".

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Tom Lentos

(Original Signature of Member)

108TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H.R. 4660

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

for himself

Mr. LANTOS introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on

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A BILL
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.

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.

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(a) FINDINGS.--Congress makes the following find

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(1) On March 14, 2002, the President stated:

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“America supports the international development

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goals in the U.N. Millennium Declaration, and believes that these goals are a shared responsibility of

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developed and developing countries.".

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(2) Section 201(b)(4) of H.R. 1950, as passed

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by the House of Representatives on July 16, 2003,

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states that it is the policy of the United States to

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support compacts of the Millennium Challenge Ac

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count which, among other things, aim "to reduce

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(3) On May 10, 2004, the President recognized

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the link between global poverty and the national se

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curity of the United States by stating: "In many na

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tions, poverty remains chronic and desperate. Half

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the world's people still live on less than $2 a day.

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This divide between wealth and poverty, between op

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portunity and misery, is far more than a challenge

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to our compassion. Persistent poverty and oppres

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sion can spread despair across an entire nation, and

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they can turn nations of great potential into the re

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Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701) states that a purpose

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of that Act is "the elimination of extreme poverty".

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(5) The Report of the Committee on Inter

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national Relations to accompany H.R. 2441 of the

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108th Congress (H. Rept. 108–205) states that

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"[f]or the Millennium Challenge Account to be suc

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cessful as an incentive for future reform as well as

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a reward for past reform, it must offer opportunities

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for those low-income countries whose institutions do

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not yet meet all the eligibility criteria but who are

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demonstrating partial success in meeting the eligi

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bility criteria".

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(6) The purpose of section 616 of the Millen

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nium Challenge Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7715), and

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for International Development, is to provide assistance to the low-income countries described in para

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graph (5) in order to assist such countries to become

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eligible countries under the Act.

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(7) Although the overall Millennium Challenge

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Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) is authorized

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to be funded for both fiscal years 2004 and 2005,

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