Sens. Corker, Coons Continue To Lead Efforts For ‘Common-Sense’ Food Aid Reform

New York Times: A Better Way to Help the World
Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.)

“…The United States contributes at least a third of food aid dollars spent globally, but we cannot tackle this challenge alone. In addition to using current resources more efficiently, we must also exert American leadership and call on other countries to step up their efforts by donating desperately needed resources to avert further suffering, violence, and instability. … In Congress, we are leading efforts to reform how the United States delivers food assistance … A bill we sponsored, the Global Food Security Act, was signed into law last summer; it permanently authorized the United States Agency for International Development’s emergency food aid program … Taxpayers deserve to know that the way we deliver food aid is as efficient as the American people are generous. That is why we’ve written another bill, the Food for Peace Reform Act, which would eliminate decades-old regulations that require food aid to be grown in the United States — often thousands of miles away from the people who need it — and shipped on American-flagged vessels. We estimate these reforms could free up as much as $500 million annually and allow us to reach five million to eight million more people with food in less time. … [W]e are rededicating ourselves to common-sense reforms that will feed more people and save more lives without asking more of the American people…” (5/10).