Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Global Food Security Act Wins in a Landslide!

Image from The Bergen Project
A landslide. That term is most appropriate to describe the support that H.R. 1567, the Global Food Security Act, received in a vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 12. A total of 370 members of the House, including our own Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan, cast a Yea vote in support of this very important measure, which goes a long way to address global hunger. The measure was approved in a truly bipartisan landslide.  A huge majority of Republicans (201) and all the Democrats who voted (169) supported the initiative. There were 33 Republicans who cast a Nay vote, and 30 other Democrats and Republicans, including our own Rep. Steve Pearce, who did not vote. The measure now goes to the Senate, which will consider S.1252

House members, no doubt, received a lot of emails and phone calls from their constituents.  This was due in part to strong advocacy for H.R. 1567 from a number of organizations.  Here are some messages that were put out on Twitter after the bill passed.

Here is a quick summary of H.R. 1567 from

The bill requires the President to coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to accomplish the objectives of promoting global food security, resilience, and nutrition consistent with national food security investment plans.

The President must coordinate the efforts of relevant departments and agencies in implementing the Global Food Security Strategy by establishing monitoring and evaluation systems, coherence, and coordination across relevant departments and agencies; and platforms for regular consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders.

By October 1, 2016, the President must submit the strategy to Congress, including a detailed description of how the United States intends to advance the objectives and agency-specific implementation plans.

The bill authorizes the President to provide foreign assistance to implement the strategy and prevent or address food shortages. The President must ensure that assistance to implement the strategy is provided under established parameters for a system to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of the strategy, including by providing specified reports to Congress and the public.

Okay Senate, the ball is in your court.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I'm afraid this act is a big win for Monsanto and GMO's. To me, only lessening income inequality and massive work on climate change will help this problem. We've got to stop blowing up the money in wars, so we can spend it on things that truly help people.