THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT GORE ON EXEMPTING AGRICULTURE CREDITS FROM THE INDIA-PAKISTAN SANCTIONS
I am very pleased that the Senate voted yesterday to exempt agriculture credits from the nuclear sanctions imposed on Pakistan and India.
This action allows us to send a strong message abroad, without ignoring the real needs of those here at home. Put simply, yesterday's action by the Senate ensures that the American people will not be the ones hurt by our own sanctions. In fact, we need more agricultural exports. Further, both the President and I feel that in implementing sanctions we must never forget their humanitarian impact. Whenever possible, basics, like food and medicine, should not be withheld.
I urge the House to follow the Senate's lead and pass legislation that gives the United States of America the flexibility we need to protect our domestic interests, without harming our foreign interests.
Audio of the Vice President's statement may be found on the White House Press Office Radio Actuality Line at 202/456-5671.