International Narcotics Control Act of 1990

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International Narcotics Control Act of 1990

International Narcotics Control Act of 1990

Act Details

International Narcotics Control Act of 1990 was, as a bill, a proposal (now, a piece of legislation) introduced on 1990-09-11 in the House of Commons and Senate respectively of the 101 United States Congress by Dante Bruno Fascell in relation with: Administration of criminal justice, Afghanistan, Aircraft, Aircraft pilots, American economic assistance, American military assistance, Armed forces abroad, Arms sales, Auditing, Authorization, Boats and boating, Bolivia, Cocaine, Colombia, Congressional oversight, Congressional reporting requirements, Debt, Democracy, Drug law enforcement, Export finance, Extradition, Flight training, Human rights, International affairs, Leases, Narcotic traffic, Peru, Police training, Terrorism.

International Narcotics Control Act of 1990 became law (1) in the United States on 1990-11-21. It was referred to the following Committee(s): (2)

House Foreign Affairs (HSFA)
House Judiciary (HSJU)
sub Subcommittee on Crime (sub 06)
House Banking Finance and Urban Affairs (HSBA)

Dante Bruno Fascell, member of the US congress
Dante Bruno Fascell, Democrat, Representative from Florida, district 19

The proposal had the following cosponsors:

Gary Leonard Ackerman, Democrat, Representative, from New York, district 7
Douglas Harry Bosco, Democrat, Representative, from California, district 1
James Mcclure Clarke, Democrat, Representative, from North Carolina, district 11
Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, Democrat, Representative, from California, district 31
Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, Democrat, Delegate
Edward Farrell Feighan, Democrat, Representative, from Ohio, district 19
Jamie Fuster, Representative
Samuel Gejdenson, Democrat, Representative, from Connecticut, district 2
Lee Herbert Hamilton, Democrat, Representative, from Indiana, district 9
Harry A. Johnston, Democrat, Representative, from Florida, district 14
Peter Houston Kostmayer, Democrat, Representative, from Pennsylvania, district 8
Tom Lantos, Representative, from California, district 11
Frank McCloskey, Representative, from Indiana, district 8
Lawrence Jack Smith, Democrat, Representative, from Florida, district 16
Stephen Joshua Solarz, Democrat, Representative, from New York, district 13
Gerry Eastman Studds, Democrat, Representative, from Massachusetts, district 10
Robert Guy Torricelli, Democrat, Senator, from New Jersey, district 9
Morris Udall, Representative, from Arizona, district 2
Howard Eliot Wolpe, Democrat, Representative, from Michigan, district 3
Gus Yatron, Representative, from Pennsylvania, district 6

Act Overview

Text of the International Narcotics Control Act of 1990

International Narcotics Control Act of 1990 – Authorizes appropriations for economic and development assistance for FY 1991 for Andean countries under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA). Specifies that up to a specified amount of such economic assistance should be used to provide assistance for Bolivia Colombia and Peru for: (1) administration of justice programs; (2) protection of judges other government officials and members of the press against narco-terrorist attacks; and (3) training technical assistance and equipment for the Office of Special Investigations and the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights in Colombia. Extends authority for administration of justice programs under such Act. Authorizes appropriations for military and law enforcement assistance for Andean countries under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Conditions such aid on: (1) the country having a democratic government; and (2) the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of the country not engaging in a consistent pattern of gross human rights violations. Specifies: (1) authorized uses of funds for law enforcement (anti-narcotics) training and equipment subject to certain monetary limitations (but sets forth conditions under which such assistance may be increased); and (2) forms of assistance subject to limitation. Specifies a maximum limitation on the aggregate acquisition cost to the United States of excess defense articles ordered by the President in FY 1991 for delivery to Bolivia Colombia and Peru under the FAA. Waives existing grant limitations on the transfer of excess defense articles with respect to such countries in FY 1991 under the FAA and AECA. Authorizes the use of funds from appropriations for military and law enforcement assistance for Andean countries under the AECA to finance the leasing of aircraft under such Act subject to specified requirements concerning payment of the cost of such leases and reimbursement of the Special Defense Acquisition Fund. Conditions provision of economic and administration of justice assistance and military and law enforcement assistance under this Act upon a Presidential determination that: (1) the recipient country is implementing programs to reduce the flow of cocaine to the United States in accordance with a bilateral or multilateral agreement to which the United States is a party; (2) the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of such country are not engaged in a consistent pattern of gross human rights violations and the government of such country has made significant progress in protecting such rights; and (3) such government has effective control over police and military operations related to counternarcotics and counterinsurgency activities. Requires the President not less than 15 days before such funds are obligated to transmit to specified congressional committees a written notification specifying the country receiving assistance the type and value of such assistance the law enforcement agencies or other units that will receive the assistance and an explanation of how such assistance will further specified narcotics-control objectives. Waives: (1) certain requirements with respect to narcotics-related assistance for Andean countries such as the Brooke-Alexander Amendment provided the President has made such determination; and (2) the FAA requirement to withhold 50 percent of assistance pending certification if the President determines that application of the certification requirement would be contrary to the national interest and transmits written notification of such determination to the appropriate congressional committees. Authorizes appropriations under the FAA for international narcotics control assistance. Authorizes the President to provide development and economic assistance to a foreign country under the FAA to promote the production processing and marketing of products or commodities to reduce dependence upon the production of crops from which narcotic and psychotropic drugs are derived. Makes exceptions to the FAA requirement that aircraft provided to foreign countries for narcotics control purposes be leased rather than sold. Requires the President to submit to the Congress a monthly report listing the number of members of the U.S. armed forces assigned to each Andean country. Amends the International Narcotics Control Act of 1989 to make certification procedures inapplicable to certain major drug-transit countries for FY 1991. Authorizes the transfer of foreign military financing program funds to economic programs. Authorizes the Secretary of State to order the surrender of a U.S. citizen to a foreign country upon request of such country even if the United States is not obligated to do so by treaty if the other requirements of such treaty are met. Requires the President to notify specified congressional committees not less than 15 days before obligating funds made available for any fiscal year to carry out the FAA or AECA for narcotics-related assistance for Afghanistan. Requires the President: (1) to implement a program of instruction to train host country pilots and other flight crew members to fly host country aircraft involved in counternarcotics efforts in Andean countries; and (2) to ensure that within 18 months flight crews composed of host country personnel replace all U.S. Government pilots and other flight crew members in such operations. Bars the use of FAA or AECA funds for the procurement of surface water craft for counternarcotics programs in the Andean countries until the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense have jointly assessed audited and submitted a report to the Congress on the specific goals and objectives of such programs. Amends: (1) the FAA to authorize the use of excess defense articles transferred to a major illicit drug producing country if such country ensures that such articles will be used primarily (currently only) in support of antinarcotics activities; and (2) the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to make certain restrictions under such Act and under the AECA inapplicable to the sale of defense articles or services made on or before September 30 1992 (under current law 1990). Urges the President to use the authority provided in the International Narcotics Control Act of 1989 to forgive debt owed to the U.S. Government by the Governments of Bolivia Colombia and Peru.

Act Notes

  • [Note 1] An Act (like International Narcotics Control Act of 1990) or a resolution cannot become a law in the United States until it has been approved (passed) in identical form by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as signed by the President (but see (5)). If the two bodys of the Congress versions of an Act are not identical, one of the bodies might decide to take a further vote to adopt the bill (see more about the Congress process here). An Act may be pass in identical form with or without amendments and with or without conference. (see more about Enrollment).
  • [Note 2] Proposals are referred to committees for preliminary consideration, then debated, amended, and passed (or rejected) by the full House or Senate. To prevent endless shuttling of bills between the House and Senate, bills like International Narcotics Control Act of 1990 are referred to joint committees made up of members of both houses.
  • [Note 3] For more information regarding this legislative proposal, go to THOMAS, select “Bill Number,” search on (International Narcotics Control Act of 1990)
  • [Note 4] To authorize international narcotics control activities for fiscal year 1991, and for other purposes. The current official title of a bill is always present, assigned at introduction (for example, in this case, on 1990-09-11) and can be revised any time. This type of titles are sentences.
  • [Note 5] The Act is referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker of any of the two Houses. Bills are placed on the calendar of the committee to which they have been assigned. See Assignment Process.
  • [Note 6] Regarding exceptions to President´s approval, a bill that is not signed (returned unsigned) by the President can still become law if at lest two thirds of each of the two bodys of the Congress votes to pass it, which is an infrequent case. See also Presidential Veto.
  • [Note 7] Legislative Proposal types can be: hr, hres, hjres, hconres, s, sres, sjres, sconres. A bill originating in the Senate is designated by the letter “S”, and a bill originating from the House of Representatives begins with “H.R.”, followed, in both cases, by its individual number which it retains throughout all its parliamentary process.
  • [Note 8] For information regarding related bill/s to International Narcotics Control Act of 1990, go to THOMAS.


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Administration of criminal justice
Aircraft pilots
American economic assistance
American military assistance
Armed forces abroad
Arms sales
Boats and boating
Congressional oversight
Congressional reporting requirements
Drug law enforcement
Export finance
Flight training
Human rights
International affairs
Narcotic traffic
Police training

Further Reading

  • “How our laws are made”, Edward F Willett; Jack Brooks, Washington, U.S. G.P.O.
  • “To make all laws : the Congress of the United States, 1789-1989”, James H Hutson- Washington, Library of Congress.
  • “Bills introduced and laws enacted: selected legislative statistics, 1947-1990”, Rozanne M Barry; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.

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