United States, Water Malla, Marshall Billingsley discussed on Politics and Public Policy Today
Chairman. Thank you. We go to Norma Torres of California. Thank you. Mr. Chairman. I do have a couple of questions that I that. I hope both of you. Well comment on and I'm sorry to to be jumping continents. Mr billingsley. I'm very concerned about the current situation in water Malla, as you may already know the president of water Malla, president Morales has been working with a group of corrupt politicians to undermine the fight against corruption there, specifically the work of c sag I worry that if we don't do more to deter this backsliding of the rule of law. Water Malla could break down into chaos, and we could see the real crisis or even bigger crisis at our southern border. So my question is what is the role of Sam? Sanctions in our policy towards water Malla in what kind of sanctions would be most effective in making clear that the US will not stand idly while watermelon president and his cronies allows years the progress to be turned back utilizing our own equipment. That was gifted to them. So congresswoman you've put your finger on a really crucial issue. Ultimately, the department of state in responsible for CCA again and the reformation process there, but we're watching the situation very closely. The tools we have would include among other things if we if we identify Nanteuil institution that's being used a launder funds. And it's touching the US system than the various provisions of the Patriot Act available to us to go after. We do expect and demand that Guatemala implementing money laundering regimes reforms, and then in the event that we see in the document and working with the prosecutor can document corruption actions, the global Magnitsky act in particular is is the tool that we use. To to impose consequences on people for those kinds of actions. I certainly hope that your office is closely watching the actions. Very alarm at what is going on right now with the army mobilizing within the capital. I think. Thank you congresswoman, we are very concerned about what is going on in Guatemala, and we are looking at C sake. The US supports a reform see sake, we wanna see more transparency oversight and accountability. It's an institution. It's a it's an entity that should transfer more of its capacity back to the institutions, but we do share your concerns, and we are monitoring the situation closely. And that sure what you mean by transparency, although I do agree that more of their work after ten years should should have been already transfer to the watermelon institutions. However, I do want to point to you. And I'm sure you already know I don't have to educate you on. This is that they the watermelon. Congress has not been able to pass laws to address their own issues of corruption and transparency so how. How do we unlike ground? Do we stand to say transfer the power of authority to an institution that has shown that they are willing to be on the record to find themselves or to refuse to allow themselves to be put before a court to investigate their own crimes. When you raise a very good point. And that's exactly what we're looking at. We do wanna find ways to increase the oversight and accountability for the entire situation at please don't miss that. Mark. I think. A lot of times. We've done a great job. But sometimes we have it's like head in the sand. And when we don't send a very very clear message, then we end up with people coming to their own understanding on things that we do not want to empower the drug cartels, and we don't want to empower what is happening there now. So I want to just be very clear with both of you that if we don't do anything. Now, if we continue to stand idle and allow them to to to move forward with their effort of intimidating reporters of intimidating human rights, people there activists. Then we are responsible for what ends up happening there, and we will continue to be responsible for the number of children that are being held in ice cages in our southern border. And that is what we need that is the bigger picture that we can't lose sight of. And this chairman I've ran out of time. So thank you congresswoman tourists. Thank you. And again, we think our panel and the committee stands journ, we'll see everyone at twelve thirty four our markup. Alive. House foreign affairs committee hearing on oversight of US sanctions policy was meniscus. Sing the assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs and Marshall Billingsley the assistant Treasury Secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes as you heard the house foreign affairs committee will reconvene in about ten minutes a little less for a meeting on documents request for the US Russia meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin. Again, leads back that to begin at about twelve thirty until then will listen to some of this morning's Washington journal as we spoke about some preparations in a couple of states for hurricane Florence. Representative rob Wittman he serves on the armed services and natural resources committee, the Republican of Virginia. Good morning. Good morning. Pedro could you talk about the areas of the Commonwealth, particularly were you serve and how they might be affected by Florence. Absolutely. Where the governor has done an evacuation. What's called Zona? Those are the very low lying areas. So places like Mathews county and precaution. There's a mandatory evacuation those are areas most likely to be affected by storm surge and even by heavy amounts of rain. So that has been put in place by the governor, local emergency services coordinators are monitoring those areas to make sure that citizens know what they can and cannot expect. If wins over forty miles an hour. There will not be first responders available to go to those areas. So all those all those issues are taking care of with those those local governments the second area is with our military. So they're naval station. Norfolk ships have been. Sentece? So the two aircraft carrier the George H W Bush, and the ABRAHAM LINCOLN had been sent Lucy as long as well as fourteen other surface ships, and those are the dishes. There are fifteen ships that are there at the shipyards that are being maintained. So those are being secured. Rear Admiral rock, who's the navy commander for the mid Atlantic has also set conditions for several ships that are there that can't go to see those that are under maintenance. So those are cruisers and destroyers, and there aren't a what's called heavy mooring, which means they're disconnected from the pier they're anchored. They're disconnected from shore power because there's a likelihood that the water will come over the peers, their sailors are on board and those ships are running under their own power. The coast guard is also designated for four ports not in our area. But in North Carolina and maybe later for Virginia. What's called conditions Zulu, which means ships cannot leave or come into these into these harbor, so those those main ports have been closed there in the Carolinas. So we see as the storm approaches more and more things being done to to safeguard the ships that are there and shipping traffic that goes back and forth. So those efforts have been put into place, and and also other. Military bases around is you know, aircraft have been moved out. So whether it's cherry point, whether it's camping journey that was places. Those aircraft have been moved out also their Camp Lejeune Marine Corps. Families have been told that they can stay on base. But they've also opened up shelters there.