Senate Removes Provision From Coast Guard Bill That Could Have Affected Food Aid Distribution

Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter: CRS, nonprofits beat back clause in bill that could have cut food aid
“Catholic Relief Services and a host of other nonprofit agencies that distribute food aid overseas were successful in getting lawmakers to purge a provision in a bill that could have cut the amount of food aid they would be able to distribute in the future…” (Pattison, 12/11).

Humanosphere: Potentially damaging food aid reform cut from Coast Guard bill
“…It was expected that Senators Chris Coons, D-Del., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would mount an opposition to the provision. Needing unanimous consent to pass the bill in the Senate, the two Senators leveraged their colleagues to remove the provision…” (Murphy, 12/11).

Roll Call: Corker, Coons Prevail In Battle Over Cargo Preference
“…The cargo preference, which dates back to 1954, requires that a certain percentage of commodities purchased by the government be shipped in U.S.-flagged vessels. Under current law, 50 percent of food aid must be shipped on U.S. flag-ships…” (Curry, 12/11).