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Iraq Transition: Civil War or Civil Society?: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate

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Iraq Transition: Civil War or Civil Society?: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate

by United States Congress Senate

About this title: LC Number: KF26 .F6 2004n OCLC Number: ocm56576829 Subject: Iraq -- Politics and government -- 2003-. Excerpt: ...regarding President Bush's designating Ambassador John Negroponte as his nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the new Iraqi Government. Our committee looks forward to addressing this important nomination as expeditiously as possible. Let me put a fine point on that. We have offered to the administration a hearing, which I plan to conduct, with my distinguished colleague, Senator Biden, next Tuesday, with a business meeting to occur next week. At this point, we are uncertain whether the administration is prepared to get the papers and what have you here. I'm simply suggesting that this is urgent. I hope that they will submit the paperwork. That's why I explicitly suggest next Tuesday as a time to get on with this important nomination.Beyond that, we will ask the Ambassador next week, and we will ask State Department witnesses tomorrow, for the roster of who will be in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. When will they arrive? How will security be provided for them?Now, finally, the sixth point was, will the costs associated with the new diplomatic presence be covered by a transfer of funds under the umbrella of the $87 billion appropriated last year by the Congress? If not, what is the plan for providing the necessary funding?Yesterday there were two answers, essentially, to this. One was that there will be transfers of funds that are adequate, at least for the time being, for maybe several months down the trail. Another answer from one witness yesterday, was that about $70 billion will be called for in a supplemental appropriation at some point. That is a large sum of money. There is quite a difference between muddling through with a transfer of funds on the one hand, and a request for $70 billion on the other. But this would be part of a plan, a coherent plan that we are hopeful, at some point, the administration wi...

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