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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Funding to Clean Up Unexploded Ordnance in Laos

September 6, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after President Obama announced $90 million in funding for the clean-up of unexploded American ordnance in Laos:

“More than 40 years after American bombing in Laos ended, unexploded ordnance dropped by the United States continues to threaten the lives of Laotians and hamper economic development throughout the country. For years, I have advocated for increased resources to ensure the United States meets its moral obligation to clean up these bombs. In March, I led a letter to President Obama urging him to provide more funding for this important endeavor.

President Obama’s announcement today of $90 million in funding for unexploded ordnance clean-up in Laos over the next three years is a very important step to meeting our country’s moral obligation to the Laotian people. In the years to come, I will continue to push for sustained funding to address this legacy of war once and for all.”