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House Measure Would Bring Food Aid Reform ‘A Step Backward’

Washington Post: The House would leave starving people abroad hungrier
“…[T]he House of Representatives [recently] approved a measure that would actually take [U.S. food aid reform] a step backward. Specifically, the House passed an appropriations bill for the Coast Guard with a provision that would require 75 percent of all U.S. food aid to travel on U.S.-flagged vessels, up from 50 percent under current law. … [T]he Obama administration and nongovernmental organizations that support reform are urging the Senate to delete the House provision from its version of the Coast Guard funding bill. Senators should not only follow that advice but also look for ways to rekindle the reform effort that fell short in the farm bill debate” (5/1).