LAWMAKERS - LM 146 - "Central America Policy"
Washington, DC, United States
20:00:49 - 20:02:32
Show host Paul Duke introduces report on the Central America policy debate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Newly-elected Salvadorean President José Napoleón Duarte entering Congressional Committee chamber, shaking hands; lights and cameras set up. Duke (VO) explains the purpose of Duarte’s visit, what aid was approved and rejected. House minority leader Robert Michel argues it's wrong to encourage the Contras to fight "tyranny," then pull the plug on aid. Representative William Broomfield (R-MI) argues the U.S. is obligated to follow through on promises. Rep. Michael Barnes (D-MD) argues the public is clearly opposed to sending military aid to Contras. Rep. Michael Shannon (D-MA) argues the U.S. should stand for peace, justice, and self-determination in world, but America’s Nicaraguan policy flies in the face of those principles and values. Duke, back in the studio, says the House vote was strongly against Contra aid, suggesting the House is opposed to C.I.A. activities in Nicaragua. The House also voted to ban the use of American soldiers in Central America.