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Global Poverty Act in da House!

The House passed the Global Poverty Act of 2007 today by voice vote.  I was encouraged to hear that no one rose in opposition to the legislation.  The act was originally sponsored by Reps. Adam Smith (WA) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) and it requires the president to create a comprehensive strategy for reducing global poverty as part of our foreign policy.  You can view a full list of co-sponsors here. 

The bill still needs to be introduced and passed in the Senate, but this is a huge step forward.  Read more about the bill here.

The ONE blog has a great summary of the Global Poverty Act, included below:

What the Global Poverty Act does:

  • Declares it official U.S. policy to promote the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme global poverty in half by 2015.
  • Requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to carry out that policy.
  • Includes guidelines for what the strategy should include - from aid, trade, and debt relief, to working with the international community, businesses and NGOs, to ensuring environmental sustainability.
  • Requires that the President’s strategy include specific and measurable goals, efforts to be undertaken, benchmarks, and timetables.
  • Requires the President to report back to Congress annually on progress made in the implementation of the global poverty strategy.

Take Action:  Check the list of co-sponsors.  If your representative signed on as a co-sponsor, be sure to send him/her a note of thanks for supporting this vital piece of legislation.

 

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