Bush Administration Requests Relaxation of Drug Certification Process

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Wednesday, May 1, 1991
On May 2, 1991, Melvin Levitsky, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Task Force on International Narcotics Control on the regulations requiring that U.S. assistance by cutoff to those countries that do not participate fully in the war on drugs. The President is required to certify by March each year that certain countries have qualified for their full share of U.S. foreign aid by cooperation with U.S. officials in the drug war. Countries that have not fully cooperated are decertified unless the President determines that the aid should be given for national security reasons.