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On May 26 I sent an email to Congressman Hastert and Senator Durbin concerning the water and lack of chlorine. It seems like Durbin never sends responses, but Haster does -- I got this one in the mail last week. (They should get a working grammer and style checker for their computers -- but then, it might mark 3/4 of the letter for deletion. Hold your noses...) =*=*=*=*=*=*= J. Dennis Hastert 27 North River Street 14th District, Illinois Batavia, Il 60510 (630)406-1114 THE SPEAKER Fax: (630)406-1808 235 Cannon House Office Building Washington, Dc 20515-1314 119 West First Street (202) 225-2976 Dixon, Il 61021 Fax: (202)225-0697 (815)288-0680 Fax: (815)288-0743 firstname.lastname@example.org www.house.goc/hastert Congress of the United States House of Representives Washington, DC 20515-1314 June 27, 2003 Dear Mr. Steel Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding safe drinking water in Iraq. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome this opportunity to respond. As you are undoubtedly aware, on March 19, 2003, the United States, in alliance the Coalition forces, entered into armed conflict with Iraq. Just as on June 6, 1944, when American troops, jpined by our British friends, embarked on a mission to free Europe from the evils of a despicable tyrant, American troops, joined by our British friends, again embarked on a noble mission to free the Iraqi people from an evil tyrant. After roughly a month and a half of conflict, the United States declared that the mission to liberate Iraq had been an overwhelmingly [sic] success and that major combat had ended. On May 1, 2003, surrounded by hundreds of U.S. armed forces returning home from Iraq, President Bush declared that then [sic] end of major combat in Iraq marked a "turning of the tide" in a global fight against terrorism, but was careful to note that the war on terror is not over. Recognizing the need for post-war Iraqi reconstruction and ongoing humanitarian assistance, in January 2003, the U.S. government established a post-war planning office known as the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. As you may know, in President Bush's State of the Union address, he stated that the United States will bring to the Iraqi people food, medicines, supplies, and freedom. Over the last few months, the United States government, across all relevant agencies, has been planning to reduce any adverse humanitarian consequences of military action in Iraq. Specifically, the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance is responsible for producing plans and implementing assistance programs in post-war Iraq. This office has developed a humanitarian relief strategy comprised of six key components. This strategy relies heavily on a pro-active plan to minimize displacement and damage to Iraqi infrastructure and services. Among other componenets, this strategy also places great emphasis on civil relief agencies, effective civil-military coordination, and the stockpiling of supplies such as blankets, water contatiners, shelter supplies, World Health Organization essential medicines, and othe relief items. Moreover, on March 25, 2003, President Bush requested $74.8 billion in FY 2003 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations from ongoing military operations in Iraq, postwar [sic; not hyphenated as in above example] occupation, reconstruction and relief in Iraq, international assistance to some 22 countries contributing to the war in Iraq or the global war on terrorism, the cost of the continued presence in Afghanistan, and additional homeland security. On April 12, 2003, the House and Senate approved a modified version of the President's FY 2003 Supplemental Appropriations request. The final bill (H.R. 1559) includes $79 billion for national defense, aviation assistance, homeland security, foreign assistance, and reconstruction of Iraq. Specifically, the bill authorizes $2.48 billion for a new Iraq relief and Reconstruction Fund. Nonetheless, in your letter, you expressed concerns regarding the safety of water supplies in Iraq. As you may know, netween January 31 and March 4, 2003, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) issued nine procurement actions (eight Requests for Proposals and on Request for Applications) for reconstruction efforts in Iraq. On March 28, 2003, the grant for Health, Water and Sanitation Services was awarded to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Specifically, among other health related provisions, this grant provides for the reconstruction of the Iraqi water supply and sanitation systems by repairing and rehabilitating the existing systems and guaranteeing that affected populations have access to minimal potable water supplies. Moreover, this contract provides immediate attention to the repair of key infrastructures and meeting basic household needs for water and sanitation. Additionally, you also expressed your concenr regarding the supply of chlorine for water purification in Iraq. As you may know, chlorine based sanitizers are needed to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. You may be interested to know that UNICEF has supplied more than 200 metric tons of chlorine for use in sanitizing drinking water in Iraq. Furthermore, USAID has stated that once complete electrical power is restored in Iraq, the domestic factories that produce chlorine for water purification will resume production. Finally, you will be pleased to know that the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNOHCI) recently reported that Baghdad is receiving adequate water supplies for the city's 5.5 million people. Nevertheless, please rest assured that I will continue to closely monitor reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Thank you again for contacting me. If I may be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me again. Sincerely, [printed signature] J. Dennis Hastert Speaker JDH:KL ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! 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