House Rejects Amendment To Farm Bill That Would Have Allowed U.S. Food Aid Reform

“Members of the House on Wednesday voted down a proposal to radically reform U.S. food aid by allowing aid recipients to buy non-U.S. farm commodities,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. The House rejected the Farm Bill amendment, proposed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), in a 203-220 vote, with both parties “dramatically divided on the proposal,” the blog notes. The proposal “would have allowed up to 45 percent of funds in the Food for Peace program to be used for aid other than U.S. commodities,” according to the blog (Kasperowicz, 6/19).