April 3, 1993 |
Overriding the objections of conservative Republicans, the Clinton Administration said Friday that the government of President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro in Nicaragua has improved its economic and human rights performance sufficiently to qualify for $50 million in impounded foreign aid funds. "Nicaragua needs our assistance to continue on its path of economic reform and reconstruction of the country," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in announcing the release of the funds.
June 8, 1990 |
The United States and more than 30 other donors pledged $300 million in aid to breathe new life into Nicaragua's economy, which has been exhausted by war and sanctions. Speaking at the end of a conference in Rome, President Francisco Mayorga of the Nicaraguan Central Bank said, "This is far more than we had even hoped for." The conference was called to pledge funds for an emergency package requested by the new U.S.-backed government of President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro.
April 6, 1990 |
The Senate on Thursday authorized $770 million in emergency aid for Panama and Nicaragua but put off a vote on actual appropriations until after its Easter recess, despite repeated pleas by President Bush for swifter action. Senate Democratic Leader George J. Mitchell of Maine said the authorization bill was a necessary first step before the Senate could take up the foreign aid money bill when it returns April 18 from its recess, which starts today.
April 3, 1990 |
Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) indicated Monday that Congress will withhold a large sum of emergency aid for Panama and Nicaragua until the Administration develops a comprehensive foreign aid plan.
April 23, 1990 |
NEW ENVIRONMENT: When President Bush chose him to head the Environmental Protection Agency, William K. Reilly was considered a nonpartisan, patrician defender of the earth and all its creatures. Conservatives viewed him suspiciously. No more. Now Reilly is giving sharply partisan stump speeches, winning cheers from audiences, such as the recent Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Raleigh, N.C.
April 10, 1990 |
The Bush Administration plans to begin paying for reintegrating the Contras into Nicaraguan society by spending $3.6 million that remains from an appropriation once intended to maintain the rebel army, the White House announced Monday. Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater described the step as a "stopgap measure" that will not be enough to complete the repatriation of an estimated 28,000 Contras and their families, most of them now living in rebel encampments in Honduras.