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S. 624 – Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009

The bill would create an “Office of Water” at USAID headed by a “Director for Safe Water and Sanitation” with the responsibility of implementing the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-121) and meeting the goal of providing 100 million people with safe water and sanitation by 2015. The bill also creates the position of “Special Coordinator for International Water” at the State Department with the responsibility of coordinating U.S. diplomatic policy in relation to other international issues. The bill authorizes appropriations in the amount that “may be necessary to carry out this Act.”

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 17, 2009.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 13, 2010.

- Passed the Senate by unanimous consent on September 20, 2010.

Learn more about the act here (Thomas).

Learn more about the House companion bill (H.R. 2030) here.


Related Documents:

  • Access the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the bill here. (PDF, May 4, 2010)
  • Access the Senate report (111-185) about the bill here. (PDF, May 13, 2010)


Press Releases:

  • Read Senator Corker’s press release commenting on approval of the bill by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee here. (April 13, 2010)
  • Read Senator Corker’s press release commenting on approval of the bill by the full Senate here. (September 21, 2010)
  • Read Senator Durbin’s press release commenting on approval of the bill by the full Senate here. (Septebmer 20, 2010)

 

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