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Disarmament Diplomacy

Issue No. 46, May 2000

Senate Committee Proposes Cut to CTBTO Funding Request

On May 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee announced its recommendations for funding for Non-Proliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining and Related Programs (NADR) for fiscal year 2001. The Committee is recommending that funding for the CTBT Preparatory Commission (CTBTO PrepCom) be $15 million: the Clinton Administration has requested $21.5 million. In its report, the Committee "notes that for the past 2 years, the Administration's request for the [CTBTO PrepCom]…has exceeded the actual needs," and that the Commission "has continually promised reimbursements and/or reduced assessments for services performed by the United States, none of which has been made available to date. The Committee looks forward to a reduced assessment for the United States in the coming fiscal year." The report adds:

"The Committee has required the Department of State to prepare a report on the anticipated use of funds made available to the [CTBTO PrepCom]… The Committee requests that the report: (1) identify all donors and any directives or restrictions associated with their contribution; (2) a detailed explanation of expenditures in 2000 and 2001, including sites where the United States has provided assistance to third party nations; and (3) a copy of the Commission's 2001 budget."

Report: Foreign Relations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2001, placed on the Calendar in the Senate, May 9, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/z?cp106:sr291 (with thanks to Daryl Kimball, Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers).

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