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McCollum Statement on Bicameral Passage of the Global Food Security Act

October 1, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a five-year reauthorization of the Global Food Security Act.

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed by unanimous consent the Senate-passed Global Food Security Act (S. 2269), ensuring that the vital work being done through the Feed the Future Initiative will continue for five years through 2023. Congresswoman McCollum served as the lead Democrat on the House legislation (H.R. 5129), alongside Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), with whom she introduced the Global Food Security Act that was signed into law in 2016.

Reauthorizing the Global Food Security Act reaffirms the United States’ commitment to combatting hunger and poverty worldwide. With an authorized spending level of $1,000,600,000, the Global Food Security Act enables the Federal Government to partner with food-insecure countries to get on a path to self-sustainability by supporting agriculture-led economic growth, bolstering small-holder and women-owned farms, and improving maternal and child nutrition.

Because of Feed the Future, 23.4 million more people live above the poverty line, 5.2 million more families no longer suffer from hunger, and 3.4 million more children live free from the devastating effects from stunting.

In addition to strengthening local and regional economies in some of the world’s poorest countries, these programs are critical to national security. Food insecurity sets the stage for instability and violent extremism in regions that are already highly vulnerable. Feed the Future gives countries the tools they need to feed themselves without relying on food donations from other countries.

“The Global Food Security Act has helped save millions of people fighting starvation, malnutrition, and poverty worldwide,” Rep. McCollum said. “Through strategic investments, more women have been empowered to take their livelihoods into their own hands and become self-sufficient.”

“I am proud that my colleagues in the House and Senate were able to come together to pass this important legislation. This reauthorization will allow the United States to continue the great work being done to help fight hunger and support self-reliant communities around the world.”