NCBA CLUSA urges "swift" House consideration of Global Food Security Act to reconcile versions

yaajeende GFSA 500 f8265yaajeende GFSA 500 f8265[NCBA CLUSA's flagship Feed the Future project in Senegal, Yaajeende, is among its efforts to alleviate hunger and promote the agriculture sector as a key to sustainable development.] NCBA CLUSA is among 40 signatories of a letter sent to U.S. House of Representatives leadership today thanking these key legislators for their support of the bipartisan Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567, S. 1252) and urging them to “swiftly bring” the recently approved Senate version of the bill to a final vote on the House floor. The bills must be reconciled before being sent to the President for signing into law.

The Global Food Security Act is a bipartisan bill that passed with overwhelming support in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1567) on April 12, 2016 and in the Senate (S.1252) on April 20, 2016. On May 18, 2016, S.1252 was marked up in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and passed unanimously. The bill is now primed for House floor consideration, marking a culmination of nearly three years of open collaboration between House and Senate Leadership, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and numerous stakeholders including NCBA CLUSA.

Today’s letter emphasizes that the Global Food Security Act received a budget neutral score from the Congressional Budget Office, meaning that it includes no new spending and will not increase spending. The letter also points out that S. 1252 will bring “critical oversight” to existing programs to combat hunger that are currently operating based on decades-old Congressional authorizations.

“The Global Food Security Act is an exciting step forward in building the political will, best practices and transparency that are needed to end global hunger and malnutrition by 2030,” the letter says, adding that its signatories “look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure U.S. leadership continues to sustainably tackle global hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty in the most effective ways possible.”

Click here to read the full letter.


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