Last week, 53 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed and sent to Secretary of State Clinton a strong letter [PDF] calling for significant change in U.S. policy toward Colombia, starting with the 2011 aid request, which the State Department will issue to Congress in two months. This is the letter discussed in a post here in mid-November.
Many thanks to everyone who made calls and otherwise sought to alert members of Congress and convince them to sign. Many thanks as well go to the letter’s initial sponsors, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts), Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Illinois), Rep. Donald Payne (D-New Jersey), and Rep. Michael Honda (D-California).
As the letter notes, “This is the right moment to take stock and reconfigure both aid and diplomacy.” We hope that the State Department is working to do just that.