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Statements Respond To Introduction Of Bipartisan ‘Food Aid Reform Act’

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s (MFAN) “Modernize Aid” blog on Thursday published two statements regarding the bipartisan “Food Aid Reform Act” (H.R. 1983), introduced on Wednesday by House Foreign Affairs Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member Karen Bass (D-Calif.). The first is a statement “delivered on behalf of [MFAN] by co-chairs David Beckmann, George Ingram and Jim Kolbe,” which states, “We strongly commend [Royce and Bass] for introducing the Food Aid Reform Act (H.R. 1983)” that “includes common sense reforms that would improve the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. food aid. … The bill is timely, coming shortly after the president’s FY 2014 budget request’s bold proposal to improve the Food for Peace program that distributes emergency food assistance” (5/16). The second is a statement delivered on behalf of the Jewish World Service, Bread for the World, CARE, Church World Service, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, Oxfam America, and Partners in Health, which states, “These evidence-based reforms will significantly enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our food aid program. Chairman Royce and Representative Bass’s plan is a balanced approach to delivering food assistance and maximizing efficiencies. We urge the House Foreign Affairs Committee to swiftly approve the proposal” (5/16).