April 4, 1990 |
The House gave overwhelming, bipartisan approval Tuesday to $720 million in economic aid for Nicaragua and Panama, meeting President Bush's request for speedy action. But Senate Democratic leaders continued on a partisan course likely to result in funding delays.
June 15, 1992 |
Six years ago this month, Manuel A. Noriega was identified by major U.S. newspapers as a top drug figure, and the country he ran began an economic and political decline that ended in financial disaster and military ruin. Today, at least economically, Panama is back. By the time American troops invaded in December, 1989, overthrowing Noriega's government and putting him in prison, Panama's economy basically had ceased to exist as a result of a U.S. embargo.
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.
March 8, 1990 |
U.S. and Panamanian officials signed an agreement that provides $25.1 million in emergency aid to Panama to help it rebuild from the American invasion Dec. 20. It was the first in a series of aid packages the Administration plans for Panama. But President Guillermo Endara, who is in the seventh day of a hunger strike to protest an attempt by some in the U.S. Congress to cut overall aid for Panama, called for more assistance.
March 21, 1990 |
President Bush, facing resistance from a key Democratic senator over the proposed cost, asserted Tuesday that his requested $800-million aid package for Panama and Nicaragua could help bring democracy to Fidel Castro's Cuba. "I'm terribly disappointed that Castro seems to be firming up his totalitarian position instead of moving towards free and fair elections," the President told a bipartisan group of congressional leaders at the White House.