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Congressman Donald Payne Asks State Department about Special Envoy per PL 109-456

4y ago


Congressman Donald Payne asks State Department officials the difference between the special advisor to the Great Lakes region position (appointed by the Secretary of State) and the special envoy to the Great Lakes Region (appointed by the president as it is called in PL 109-456) Section 107 of PL 109-456 states that the President should appoint a Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region to help coordinate efforts to resolve the instability and insecurity in Eastern Congo. Public Law 109-456 or "The Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, Democracy Promotion Act" authorizes the appropriation of funds for each of fiscal years 2006 and 2007 to provide assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The act also directs the Department of State to request increased funding for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in its annual budget requests through fiscal year 2009. The act requires the President to develop a strategy to implement various policies outlined in the act with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Finally, the act directs the President to appoint a Special Envoy to help resolve instability in the Eastern Congo.