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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 12, 1996

The President has sent the Congress a request for $250 million in supplemental appropriations this year to intensify our Nation's drug law enforcement, treatment, and prevention efforts. The request for fiscal 1996 would fund the following high impact initiatives focusing on emerging drug problems and issues:

This request comes pursuant to the plan developed by General Barry McCaffrey of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, consistent with the President's instructions to him at his swearing-in ceremony.

The Administration proposes to fully offset the $250 million requested by rescissions from funds available to the Department of Defense. The funds proposed for rescission, totaling $400 million, exceed DOD's requirements. There will be no impact on defense readiness.

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