Mexico. Congress has failed to provide funding to enlarge thernBorder Patrol, and until Congress can find the money, this militaryrnoption is the best short-term way to address this shortagernof personnel.rnWe have hundreds of thousands of troops deployed throughoutrnthe world protecting European, Asian, and Latin Americanrnnations. If the Pentagon can send hundreds of thousands ofrnAmerican troops to protect our allies, it should be able to sparern10,000 military personnel to protect America.rnForeign AidrnLast spring the House approved two of my amendments thatrnrequire recipients of U.S. foreign aid to purchase Americanmaderngoods. If we are going to send money overseas. Congressrnshould at least ensure that the aid is used to buy Americanrnproducts.rnSpecifically, my amendments required recipient countries tornuse U.S. foreign aid to purchase American-made commodities,rnservices, or defense equipment. The requirement could bernwaived if, one, the goods purchased are made in the recipientrncountry, or are not available in the United States or a developingrncountry; two. Congress has specifically authorized procurementrnoutside the United States; or, three, the President determinesrnthat procurement outside the United States would resultrnin the more efficient use of American foreign aid.rnI have also considered another amendment that would cutrnAmerican foreign aid programs by five percent across thernboard—except for antiterrorism aid, disaster assistance, thernPeace Corps, and narcotics control. This would result in a savingsrnof $766 million.rnForeign Lobbying LawsrnLast spring I testified before a House panel on behalf of my proposalrnto toughen federal registration requirements for foreignrnlobbyists. The American people have a right to know who isrngetting paid by foreign interests to influence our government.rnMy bill would close the loopholes that exist in current law andrnend the secrecy surrounding foreign lobbying.rnAccording to a 1990 General Accounting Office report onrnthe Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA), of thernthousands of known foreign lobbyists in the country, only 775rnforeign agents actually registered with the Justice Department.rnThe report detailed a number of other problems associatedrnwith FARA. Unfortunately, since the report was released, neitherrnthe Justice Department nor Congress has rectified thisrnbreach of security.rnFARA requires foreign agents to disclose their connectionsrnwith foreign governments, foreign political parties, and otherrnforeign principals to the Justice Department’s Foreign AgentsrnRegistration Unit. The term “foreign agent” was originallyrnused to identify foreign principals in America who were spreadingrnforeign propaganda and organizing political activities. As arnresult, many individuals and law firms representing foreign interestsrnare exempt from registration under the act. My bill sub-rnAfternoon in a Yellow Roomrnby Charles Edward EatonrnToo much of anything requires a mix—rnShe knows her skin is white, and chose a yellow room:rnThat is she stirred it in, in several shades, with different sticks.rnWalls were white with lemon yellow borders.rnCurtains yellow silk, some yellow chairs matted with white straw:rnThe painter, here and there, gave subtle orders.rnIt will not last, of course. Nothing does beneath the sun—rnIt will go shabby, bilious, rancid, out of style.rnAll of that beauty gone with the dandelion.rnAll of this she knows, looks in the mirror, predicts her fall:rnThe lines, the creases, gray as the fragile puff left on the flower’s stem—rnSo she must be in love, or not at all, with things ephemeral.rnThe yellow clothes that lie in hostage to the moths—rnSomeone will come someday, a brisk, belated buyer.rnTo mock, misunderstand, the faded yellow humps beneath the dust cloths-rnNot feeling palpitations, the joyousness of tint and tone,rnThe calculations, calibrations, spent on passing things,rnThinking that eternity is only found in stone.rn20/CHRONICLESrnrnrn