2trade title. There are expectations that the farm bill will be considered on the Senate floor nextweek, but this has not been confirmed.On Wednesday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and AfricaSubcommittee Ranking Member Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the Food Aid Reform Act (H.R.1983)
,which they contend will “save $500 million over the next ten years while at the same time
enabling the United States to reach more people, m
ore quickly, at less expense.”
and Bass state that this bill will “eliminate U.S. procurement requirements for agriculturalcommodities; eliminate the costly and inefficient practice of ‘monetization’
; align nonemergencyfood aid with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; and exempt U.S. food aid provided from cargo
However, concerns have been raised that the bill does not provideauthorization for, and essentially de-authorizes, Food for Peace Title II nonemergency programs.We will continue to monitor the legislation and any potential amendments regarding authorizationfor nonemergency programs should the bill be marked up in committee.
The press release on theFood Aid Reform Act can be found here and a section-by-section summary of the bill here.
On Wednesday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) andRanking Member Bob Corker (R-
The legislationproposes limited provision of arms to the Syrian opposition; broader humanitarian assistanceauthority; and sanctions on arms and oil sales to the Assad regime. The Senate Foreign RelationsCommittee is scheduled to mark up this bill on Tuesday, May 21. The press release can be foundhere.
The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittees on Terrorism,Nonproliferation, and Trade and on the Middle East and North Africa
, acting assistant secretary of state, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S.Department of State
assistant administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict andHumanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development
Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, Atlantic Council
Schaffer Global Group
Tuesday, May 21, 2:00 p.m.
Different Perspectives on International Development
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Chamber of Commerce
, Center for Global Development
Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.