Statement on Senate
Approval of United
Assistance for the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance and for Economic
Development in Central America
August 13, 1986
the Senate made an historic vote in favor of democracy. The Senate has given
bipartisan approval to $100 million for the freedom fighters in Nicaragua and $300 million for
the economic development of Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. The Senate's wise
decision will be greeted with joy by democrats throughout Central America.
peasants, students, Miskito Indians, and former
Sandinista soldiers who make up the Nicaraguan democratic resistance forces
will be deeply grateful for the Senate's confidence in their struggle for
democratic rule. The leaders of Central America's democratic
governments will appreciate the Senate's support for their efforts to develop
strong economies and fair societies.
The Senate's vote today
further demonstrates that we have developed a truly bipartisan policy on Central America. Both the House and the Senate have now endorsed a
policy which supports the goals recommended by the National Bipartisan
Commission on Central America: democracy, economic well-being, defense against
Communist aggression, and pursuit of verifiable and comprehensive diplomatic
solutions. I hope the House and Senate conferees will meet quickly on this
important legislation and resolve their differences. The Nicaraguan resistance
forces urgently need this assistance. Their spirits have been raised, but they
still anxiously await our concrete support.