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Sens. Corker, Coons Call On Congress To Defend Foreign Aid Budget, Implement Food Aid Reforms

The Chattanoogan: Corker, Coons Visit World’s Largest Refugee Camp To Get Firsthand Look At Global Food Crisis
“Senators Bob Corker [R-Tenn.] and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday visited the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, where more than 270,000 people reside after fleeing war-torn South Sudan. The senators witnessed firsthand one of the countries hardest hit by the current global food crisis in which 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are at risk of starvation…” (4/18).

Humanosphere: Senators say U.S. needs to reform food aid to save lives amid historic hunger crisis
“The U.S. government’s approach to delivering food aid overseas is endangering lives, say a bipartisan pair of senators who recently returned from a visit to a refugee camp in Uganda. … Food aid represents a significant chunk of the White House’s proposed cuts to the State Department. At a time when more aid is needed, the U.S. under President Donald Trump is mostly looking inward. Coons and Corker are among those in Congress who are defending the aid budget — which represents less than one percent of the federal budget. The senators also say the country’s inefficient food aid system is making a bad global crisis much worse…” (Murphy, 4/17).

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