Posted on April 2, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today, in his role as chairman of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, led a portion of a three-part foreign relations panel. The discussion involved foreign assistance oversight and how the Bush administration's Fiscal Year 2004 budget will improve U.S. assistance to African nations. "From combating HIV/AIDS and promoting conservation, to furthering good governance and strengthening economies, effective use of U.S. foreign aid is critical to improving the daily lives of Africans," Alexander said. Alexander heard testimony from leaders of the African Bureaus of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State. During the hearing, Alexander stressed the importance of conservation efforts in African countries. "The point I am trying to make is that this program is not just a matter of preserving the environment," Alexander said. "These activities go to stimulating unique communities and become a stepping stone to economic growth and community development." Along with serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, Alexander serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; chairs the subcommittee on Children and Families; serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; chairs the subcommittee on Energy; and serves on the Joint Economic Committee.