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H.R. 1702 – Shelter, Land, and Urban Management (SLUM) Assistance Act of 2009

The bill would authorize “existing United States Government programs, implementing authorities, and organizations” to improve “health and other basic quality of life indicators for residents of slums” by providing for “affordable housing and sustainable urban development in developing countries” including access to clean water and improved sanitation.

H.Res. 238 – Recognizing the threat to international security and basic human dignity posed by the catastrophic decline of economic, humanitarian, and human rights conditions in the Republic of Zimbabwe

Among other things, this resolution recognizes the health risks that have resulted from poor water condition and sanitary conditions, increases in outbreaks of infectious diseases, increased rates of malnutrition, and a general decline in the health system. The resolution “urges all responsible nations to join the United States in providing urgently needed humanitarian relief to the Zimbabwean people . . . with particular emphasis on food, clean water, and basic sanitation.”